American Coot by Kimberly Chadwick

Taken at"Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum":
, Tucson, Arizona with a Canon Powershot SX10IS

American Coot is hardly rail-like in behavior: it regularly swims in the open on freshwater ponds and marshes, diving for aquatic vegetation and invertebrates. Coots routinely walk onto pond-side suburban lawns to pick up vegetation and insects; their large, lobed toes are well suited to both water and land,

the similar Eurasian Coot is a vagrant to Canada and Alaska.

VOICE Single grunting, trumoeting, and clucking notes, often with a nasal or grating quality; male gives higher calls, female lower, more guttural calls.

►Dark rusty frontal shield
►Whitish bill has rusty sub-terminal band.
►Slaty gray, head darker than body.


  • Even though the American Coot swims like a duck, they do not have webbed feet, the toes have lobes on the sides of each segment.
  • Coots are kleptoparasitic, which means that when they don’t feel like hunting for their own food, they’ll steal their meal from other birds.
  • They are nicknamed “marsh hen” or “mud hen” because of they way their heads bob when they walk or swim.
  • A group of coots has many collective nouns, including a “codgery”, “commotion”, “fleet”, “shoal”, and “swarm” of coots.

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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 5 years ago

    Nice work.. Wonderful capture.Very sharp my friend…Hugs…Tom

  • I manage one every now and again, thank you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful capture!!!!! We have lots of these particular ducks in the marsh near my home, however, I have a heck of a time trying to capture them!!! The details and color here are GREAT!!!

  • Thank you so very much your supportive comment Lorilee, I appreciate that!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 5 years ago

    Wow!! What an awesome capture this one is…Congratulations on a fabulous shot!! I love the reflection…and there’s that red eye…just fabulous!!

  • Thank you very much Blair, I was pretty pleased!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lisa G. Putman
    Lisa G. Putmanalmost 5 years ago

    Beautifully done, Kimberly! Great reflection and details!

  • Many thanks again Lisa! I am glad to see you darlin!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyalmost 5 years ago

    Lovely shot, Kimberly!! Amazing reflection! ;o)

  • Thank you Krys very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
  • Thanks Ray!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • byronbackyard
    byronbackyardalmost 5 years ago

    Great shot .. gave me a start, it’s so similar to one of mine. Yours is better actually!

  • I remember your capture and they look so much alike, I was driven to get a decent capture. I was pleased with this one for sure. Thank you Deb!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Lee-Anne Carver
    Lee-Anne Carveralmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic shot of this beauty!

  • Thank you Lee-Anne!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 5 years ago

    Great bird – looks very good on his blue blanket, & his little white mask is a nice accessory. Nicely done.

  • hehe, thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    A lovely capture Kimberly.

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