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American Coot

Foulque d'Amérique

Fulica americana

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Coot

B L W W W Family Latin Name
14" 35.6cm 24" 70cm 22.4oz 635g Rallidae Fulica americana

  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
American Coot

Distribution: The American Coot does not have webbed feet and instead has large lobed-like toes. The coot will run along the water surface in order to pick enough speed to become airborne. This water bird can be seen across most of North America, from eastern New Brunswick through southern Quebec, around the Great Lakes except for the north side of Lake Superior. Also into the Northwest and Yukon Territories, south to the base of California as well as all through Mexico and east to the southern tip of Florida including up into Maine.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds