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American Coot

American Coot

North Dakota Game Species
Fact Sheet
Scientific Name Fulica americana
Wing spread 25 inches
Body length 17 inches
Weight 2 pounds
Description A duck-like gray-black bird. The bill is white and legs are yellow-green. Coot's feet are not webbed.
Nesting Habitat Wetland areas with dense emergent vegetation.
Clutch size 12 eggs
Incubation period 25 days
Status in North Dakota The American coot is common during migration and nesting seasons in North Dakota.
Food habits Coots feed on aquatic plants, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrates.
Fun Facts Coot nests are generally floating structures made of woven vegetation.