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American Coot

Fulica americana


The American Coot (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 ducks, coots have broad, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each step in order to facilitate walking on dry land

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Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Spotted on Jul 23, 2013
Submitted on Nov 20, 2013

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