• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

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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Did You Know?

The 6th Army Band during Alpert's service.

Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.