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American Coot (Fulica americana)
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American Coot (Fulica americana)

General Description: American Coots (Fulica americana) are black, duck-like birds with a white bill and only a tiny bit of white on the tail feathers (Compare with Common Moorhen). Adults have a red spot on the forehead. The feet are large, and the toes are lobed, which aids in swimming.

Taxonomy: Gruiformes, Rallidae, Fulicinae.

Favored Habitat: Shallow ponds and marshes; lawns.

American Coot (Fulica americana)

Where to Find: Urban ponds such as the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Lorenzi Park, and Sunset Park are good, but for more natural settings, visit the Pahranagat Valley or the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: Coots eat grass, pond weeds, aquatic bugs, and stale white bread.

American Coot (Fulica americana) If you were a tasty water bug or a bit of pond weed, this might be the last face you ever see!
American Coot (Fulica americana) American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Coots feeding on a lawn
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana) American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana) American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
With a faded frontal shield, this coot looks a bit like a Caribbean Coot
American Coot (Fulica americana)
With a faded frontal shield, this coot looks a bit like a Caribbean Coot
American Coot (Fulica americana)
With a faded frontal shield, this coot looks a bit like a Caribbean Coot
American Coot (Fulica americana)
With a faded frontal shield, this coot looks a bit like a Caribbean Coot
American Coot (Fulica americana) American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Coot building a floating nest
American Coot (Fulica americana)
Coot building a floating nest
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot parents with young
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot parent with two young
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot parent with two young
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot fledglings
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot foot (notice lobed toes)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot foot (notice lobed toes)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot feet and legs (notice lobed toes)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot feet and legs (notice lobed toes)
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot juvenile
American Coot (Fulica americana)
American Coot hauling nesting material
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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