American Coot

Photography Animals posted on Mar 31, 2008
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The American Coot (Fulica americana) is a bird of the family Rallidae, inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies. About 16 inches (40 cm) in length and weighing 1.4 lb (0.65 kg), adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield, which usually has a reddish-brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes. From up close, a dark band can be distinguished at the billtip. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. Their legs are yellowish, with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet. Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak, and orange plumes around the neck. The call is a high-pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a goose's but more hollow sounding. Thanks for viewing and all past comments. Have a good day!

Comments (11)


JaneEden 7:36AM | Mon, 31 March 2008

I've not seen one of these before, it is a lovely duck, thank you for sharing. Excellent capture, superb detailed photography, and I especially love the reflections and the little water droplets on his back - hugs Jane xx


tennesseecowgirl 8:06AM | Mon, 31 March 2008

I think I saw one of these out here, and if so I noticed how it swam alone while all the other ducks, and geese swim as pairs... Lovely photo..


SapUS59 9:13AM | Mon, 31 March 2008

excellent image and capture, very beautiful and tranquil.


timtripp 11:23AM | Mon, 31 March 2008

well shot


gizmo563 12:08PM | Mon, 31 March 2008

excellent capture1


durleybeachbum 1:19PM | Mon, 31 March 2008

Well caught! Most of my attempts at coots end with them scooting.


MaraP 1:38PM | Mon, 31 March 2008



kimariehere 3:27PM | Mon, 31 March 2008

great shot of the coot they make the funniest chirping sounds we have them in such great numbers that the town wants to kill off some of the population due to thier poop messes my friend is on the committee to save the coots and is fighting this all the way ... i think they are darling and wouldnt want one to be harmed but i would rather take pictures of them than fight the city.


GBCalls 4:29PM | Mon, 31 March 2008

Super shot! Excellent


ontar1 7:27PM | Thu, 03 April 2008

Neat bird, excellent capture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


mps 10:03PM | Thu, 03 April 2008

Excellent image.

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