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Nadine and Bob Johnston
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The American Coot is a bird of the family Rallidae, inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies. Measuring (13–17 in) in length and (23–28 in) across the wings, adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield, which usually has a reddish-brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes. Body mass in females ranges from (0.94 to 1.38 lb) and in males from (1.27 to 1.87 lb).
From up close, a dark band can be distinguished at the billtip. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. Their legs are yellowish, with lobed toes rather than webbed feet. Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak, and orange plumes around the neck. The call is a high-pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a goose's but more hollow sounding.
May 5th, 2012
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