American Coot with Juvenile  by Kimberly Chadwick

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American Coot

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.

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Lovely capture Kimberly

  • Thank you Larry!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 3 years ago

    A wonderful pair ~ youngster has that decidedly frowzy look that’s so endearing! Well caught, Kimberly.

  • First time seeing a youngster. He was so curious and adventurous, just adorable. Thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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