|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|“Long Legs” Is the name of this photo taken on a walk at Quidi Vidi Lake. This American Coot is not common around here. The object of this photo was to show his and usual feet. A mature bird has yellow feet so this fellow is immature at present.|
Often mistaken for a duck, the American Coot is a common water bird. Its all black body and white chicken-like beak distinguish this swimming rail from the real ducks.
Although it swims like a duck, the American Coot does not have webbed feet like a duck, see photo. Instead of having all the toes connected by webs, each coot toe has lobes on the sides of each segment.
American Coots are highly territorial during the breeding season, with both males and females fighting with neighbors to maintain a small territory where they obtain all their food
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