Thursday, October 7, 2010

American Coot

My friend George P. commented "American Coots are proof that God has a sense of humor."  The poor birds don't seem to be able to paddle and keep their heads still at the same time. Erika and I found this coot on Circle Lake in Rice Co. last Tuesday.

Many non-birders and beginning birders assume that coots are closely related to ducks.  On land, they look kind of like chickens.  They do not have webbed feet.  Each individual toe is webbed. In fact, coots are rails, distantly, but more closely related to cranes than they are to ducks or chickens.

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