Often Mistaken For A Duck , The American Coot Is A Common Waterbird . Its All Bl ...
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Description: Often mistaken for a duck , the American Coot is a common waterbird . Its all black body and white chicken like beak distinguish this swimming rail from the real ducks . The American Coot ( Fulica americana ) is a bird of the family Rallidae , inhabiting wetlands and open water bodies . About 16 inches ( 40 cm ) in length and weighing 1 . 4 lb ( 0 . 65 kg ) , adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield , which usually has a reddish brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes . From up close , a dark band can be distinguished at the bill tip . The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body . Their legs are yellowish , with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet . Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak , and orange plumes around the neck . The call is a high pitched squeaking honk somewhat like a gooses but more hollow sounding .