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So Ugly They're Coot!


Hello Coot-iful!
 I can't help it. The American Coot is one of the cutest, errrr, things I have ever seen! Round and plump with glossy black feathers and white bills. They swim around making the cutest clucking noises and when they emerge from the water... COOT FEET!They are blue-ish yellow with long lobed toes and they are out of proportion with the coot's body.

Coots can be found swimming in shallow ponds where they dive for plants, and they can be found on lawns grazing.
A herd of coots grazing.
The local lake here in town always has a nice number of coots to oggle. I watch as they parade around on the grass, and swim around the ponds. My favorite part of watching coots is listening for their calls. It seriously adds to their cuteness: Listen Here.
Coot with Mallard hen. 
They walk like chickens, swim like ducks, but look like coots and that is the only way I know how to describe them. Take the time to look at a few coots and you will see how different they are from other birds. Remember to look for the black feathers and white bill with red dot. Listen closely as they call to each other - you will not be disappointed in taking the time to observe these adorable little coots.
"Do my feet look big?"

A dignified pose for this Coot.

Red eye and red frontal shield.

Coot calling to his buddies.


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