American Coot (Fulica americana)

Description: Grey-black in colour with a white tail patch and a white bill. It has large, lobed feet and a narrow white border on the wing which is visible when it is in flight.

Range: Canada to Argentina.

Habitat: Found in wetlands, lakes and salt bays.

General: Another common name for this bird is '"mudhen". Its flight is labored. It feeds on water weeds, small shellfish and shrimp and builds floating nests of reeds and rushes at the water's edge.

References:

Bovey, Robin, Campbell, Wayne, and Gates, Brian. 1989. Birds of Victoria and Vicinity. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, Alberta.

Peterson, Roger Tory. 1990. Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, New York.

Udvardy, Miklos D. F. 1994. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region. Chanticlear Press, Inc. New York, New York.

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