If you enjoy birds, this is the post for you. This time, we’d like to show you some photos of Coots, a rare bird you’ve probably never heard of.
The American Coot, also known as the Mud Hen, is a medium-sized bird that resembles both a hen and a duck. They walk on land more like a chicken and swim in water more like a duck. Although it enjoys being on land on occasion, it spends the majority of its time swimming in water.
The American coot is a migratory bird that can be found throughout North America. During the summer breeding season, they can be found in northern New York and Massachusetts, as well as southern Canada. In the winter, they can be found from Florida to California in the southern United States. They are common in park lakes, ponds, open marshes, and slow-moving rivers.
Coots are distinguished by their plump dark body, small head, thin legs, white wedge-shaped bill, and bright red eyes. Therefore, They are well-known for having feet that resemble feathers. Their closest relatives are the Sandhill Crane and Rails.
American coots primarily consume aquatic plants. They do not, however, live an entirely vegetarian lifestyle. They may also be seen eating insects (beetles, dragonflies, and others).
Coots usually construct floating nests and lay 8-12 eggs per clutch. However, They practice “conspecific brood parasitism,” in which females lay eggs in the nests of other coots.
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