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American Coot

Fulica americana
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Length: 16 in. (39 cm )
Common in freshwater marshes, ponds, lakes and rivers, the American Coot feeds on aquatic vegetation, fish, aquatic invertebrates and occasionally eggs of other aquatic nesting bird species. Its floating nest is made of dead reeds and grass and is anchored in dense vegetation. Females will often lay their eggs in the nests of other female coots to be raised by the foster parents. During the winter, flocks of these birds regularly congregate on golf course ponds, fairways and tees where they walk around on their extra large feet and disrupt golfers.

The four-digit banding code is AMCO.

Marsh / swamp

Open water
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: American Coot
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: June 13, 2024
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Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). American Coot. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved June 13, 2024 from

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Dr. Biology. "American Coot". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017.

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