Feb 132014
 
American Coot - Duck-like

American Coots are not ducks, although two kinds of birds are very similar in many ways. Though ducks and coots appear superficially similar to one another, American Coot are actually members of the family Rallidae, and are most closely related to rails, crakes, gallinules, and other coots. American Coots exploit the same types of habitats

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Oct 052013
 
American Coot - WRL Spillway

American Coots congregating and doing various “coot” things near the White Rock Lake spillway. Wikipedia has this to say about American Coots: The American Coot (Fulica americana) (a.k.a. mud hen) is a bird of the family Rallidae. Though commonly mistaken to be ducks, American Coots belong to a distinct order. Unlike the webbed feet of

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May 112013
 
American Coot - Activities

American Coots engaged in various activities around White Rock Lake, Dallas, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about American Coots: The American Coot is a migratory bird that occupies most of North America. It lives in the Pacific and southwestern United States and Mexico year-round and occupies more northeastern regions during the summer breeding season.

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Apr 072013
 
American Coot - Busy Weekend

American Coots mixing with an even larger congregation of Ring-billed Gulls in Carrollton, Texas. Wikipedia has this to say about American Coots: The American Coot is listed as “Least Concern” under the IUCN conservation ratings. Hunters generally avoid killing American Coots because their meat is not as sought after as that of ducks.

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Mar 282013
 
American Coot - Activities

These American Coots were observed at McInnish Park in Carrollton, Texas. The coots were going about their business in a small wetland area nestled in between the park and the Trinity River. In one sequence of photographs, an American Coot can be seen struggling to consume aquatic vegetation of some kind. The coot manipulates what

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Jan 282013
 
American Coot - Dinner Bell

Somebody rang the dinner bell at White Rock Lake, and the American Coots came running. Breadcrumbs tossed into the waters of Sunset Bay attracted scores of these wild birds. Jockeying for the best position, the American Coots in this congregation momentarily dropped their natural wariness of people in order to join in on the feast.

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Nov 162012
 
American Coot - Spillway

American Coots photographed at the White Rock Lake spillway. Wikipedia has this to say about American Coots: Much research has been done on the breeding habits of American Coots. Studies have found that mothers will preferentially feed offspring with the brightest plume feathers, a characteristic known as chick ornaments. American Coots are also susceptible to

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