Saturday, March 8, 2014

Red-fronted Coot

In June 1974, Gary Lester, Ted Parker, and I found Red-fronted Coots in a marsh along the coast of southern Peru. Previously the species was known only from central Chile to Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina. Across most of this range, the species is common.

This coot prefers reedy marshes, and, although it can dive, it prefers surface feeding. It only rarely ventures from cover. One of the joys of our graduate work in Latin America was contributing to our understanding of such basic knowledge such as the ranges of the continent’s birds.

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