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American Coot
(Fulica americana)

American Coot

Length: 13 - 16"

Breeding Habitat:
Freshwater marshes, lakes, ponds, wet meadows, marshy edges of rivers and streams. Requires some shallow water for feeding and some marsh vegetation for cover.
American Coot
Photo © David Blevins

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Mostly vegetable matter, including leaves, roots, and seeds of aquatic plants; algae; insects, fish, tadpoles, crustaceans, worms; sometimes, the eggs of other birds.
American Coot ID TipsIdentification tips for the American Coot
Range Map:
(Click map to enlarge.)
         American Coot Breeding Map  USGS
Breeding Map     
Additional information:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Photos, description, similar species, sound, range, and conservation status.



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