American Coot

(Fulica americana)
American Coot

American Coot at Mountain Lake

Will Elder, NPS


Natural History: The Coot tends to forage underwater mostly on submerged aquatic plants, but it also feeds on insects and small fish. It builds large, woven platform nests among emergent vegetation over water. Although territorial by nature, this monogamous species is gregarious. Its breeding season runs from April to September

General Distribution: In the Presidio, coots can be found in bays, ponds, marshes, and tidal sand areas where they breed.

Frequency: This species is common year round.

Identifying Characteristics: This species can be identified by its slate-gray color with a white bill, and its tendency to dabble and dive.

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