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.