Description of the American Coot
Same as male.
Seasonal change in appearance
Juveniles are similar to adults, but are browner and have slightly darker bills.
Marshes, ponds, lakes, and bays.
Plants, seeds, aquatic invertebrates, fish, and worms.
Forages by dabbling (tipping body up and head down into the water and by diving.
American Coots breed widely across North America, and winter somewhat farther south than the northern extent of their breeding range.
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Though it swims like a duck, the American Coot is actually related to rails.
Large flocks of coots may form during migration and winter.
Calls include a variety of grunts and squawks.