American Coot

About the American Coot

Also known as: Mudhen, Alae Keokeo, Marsh Hen, Mud Hen

The American Coot is a species of rail that lives in wetlands and open water across the United States as well as parts of Canada and central America. They have dark grey bodies with a white facial shield, which has a reddish central spot. They feed by foraging or diving in the water, or foraging on land.

Coot feet are not webbed; instead the toes are lobed which aids in swimming.

Coots are highly territorial during mating and breeding season and also highly aggressive in defending both territory and their young.

American Coots scoot or run across the water or ground before taking flight, which requires a lot of effort. Once airborne, however, they are strong fliers with impressive stamina.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 April 2010
Scientific Name
Fulica americana
  • Gruiformes
  • Rallidae
  • Fulica
  • F. americana
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 15 November 2017)
LC
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Measurements
Units: Imperial / Metric
16 to 16 inches
22 to 23 ounces

Range

International Names

Chinese 美洲骨顶
Czech Lyska Americká
Danish Andesblishøne
Dutch Amerikaanse Meerkoet
Finnish Amerikannokikana
French Foulque d'Amérique
German Indianerbläßhuhn
Italian Folaga Americana
Japanese ハワイオオバン (Hawaiooban)
Norwegian Amerikasothøne
Polish Lyska Amerykanska
Russian Американская лысуха
Spanish Focha Cenicienta
Swedish Amerikansk Sothöna
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