American Coot Photo Gallery
Look for American Coots while hiking along trails running near lakes or small ponds. Their black bodies and bright white heads make them easily identifiable.
What does the American Coot look like?
American Coots are stubby chicken-like gamebirds. They have round heads, downward sloping white bills, short yellowish green legs, and dark gray to black plumage.
American Coot Habitat
American Coot Facts
American Coots look like ducks, swim like ducks, but are not ducks. They belong to their own distinctive order and do not have webbed feet. They have long toes that have wide lobes of skin that aids in kicking through water. These lobes fold back when they are on land. American Coots are actually genetically more closely related to the gangly Sandhill Crane than the common Mallard. They are clumsy in flight and need a long runway to take off. They will aggressively defend their nests but still often fall victim to crows, foxes and other predators.