Water Birds: American Coot

Photo of American Coot

American Coots are duck-like water birds with distinctive white bills and white rears (technically undertail coverts). Look for these members of the Rallidae family on the vegetated margins of ponds and lakes where they are often in the company of ducks. American Coots are uncommon migrants in northern New England, but can be found during the cold months with regularity from Massachusetts south. I photographed this bird in Sanford, ME on November 5, 2014.

Photo of American Coot

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