Wild Florida Photo - Fulica americana

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Fulica americana

AMERICAN COOT

Florida native

 

A common bird of freshwater wetlands year-round throughout much of the peninsula and the panhandle in the winter. The range includes most of the United States, year-round or winter in the southern states, extending into the midwest and Canada during the summer.
Appearing somewhat duck-like, but with a bill like moorhens and gallinules, and lacking webbed feet. Stocky, smaller than most ducks and floats high on the water. The color is dark gray to black with a white bill. Adults have red eyes and a small deep-red patch on the forehead that is usually only noticeable at close range.
Coots eat mostly aquatic vegetation, including algae, but occasionally feed on small insects, crustaceans, snails and more.

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Fulica americana is a member of the Rallidae - Rails & Coots family.
 


















For more information on this species, visit the following link:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology All About Birds page for this species

Date record last modified:
Nov 11, 2018