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American coot

Fulica Americana


15". Adult sooty grey; head and neck black; bill thick, white, black near tip; sides of undertail white. Feet not webbed, but toes lobed. Immature paler grey below; bill silvery. Dives and skitters over surface to become airborne like a diving duck, swims like a duck-but not a duck. Usually in rafts (flocks). Voice is grating kuk notes.


Marshes and ponds


Resident in South Florida Oct-April, rest of the year, all through Florida.

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Florida, USA

Spotted on May 8, 2012
Submitted on May 9, 2012

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