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American Coot

Kimberly Chadwick

Marana, United States

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Taken at"Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum":http://www.desertmuseum.org/about/
, 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.

INTERESTING FACTS

  • 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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