April 2009 - American Coot
 
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American Coot, Fulica americana
The American Coot is a fascinating water bird that looks like a duck, but isn't. Ducks have webbed feet while American Coots don't. They have yellowish legs and very large feet. Another noticeable characteristic is its chicken-like bill which has resulted in a nick-name: Marsh or Water Hen.
 
American Coots
They are quite at home walking, swimming and diving while feeding on plants, small fish, insects and various aquatic creatures. They like wetlands and open bodies of water. Depending on the season, they are found across North America (except for the far north) and are permanent residents of the western and southern parts of the continent.
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