American Coot (Fulica americana) - HBW 3, p. 207
French: Foulque d'Amérique
German: Amerikanisches Bläßhuhn
Spanish: Focha Americana
Taxonomy: Fulica americana Gmelin, 1789, North America.
Sometimes considered to include F. alai, F. caribaea and F. ardesiaca as races; forms superspecies with these, and with F. cristata, F. atra and F. leucoptera. Proposed race grenadensis included in nominate. Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- americana Gmelin, 1789 - SE Alaska E to Nova Scotia, and S to West Indies, Nicaragua and Costa Rica; winters to W to Hawaii and S to Panama.
- columbiana Chapman, 1914 - Colombia and N Ecuador.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 22 videos
Two birds walking and foraging on the mud Locality Celestún, Yucatán State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern) (ssp americana)
Josep del Hoyo 1 October 2006 5 years ago 35 sec 4.6
An adult sitting on the water preening. Locality Ventura, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Don DesJardin 30 December 2008 4 years ago 37 sec 4.5
A bird feeding in the water Locality Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Maryland, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Robert Schaefer 24 November 2006 6 years ago 30 sec 4.5
An adult bird preening and scratching the head on a wetland. Locality Carson Lake Wetlands, Churchill County, Nevada, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Josep del Hoyo 21 June 2012 37 weeks ago 23 sec 4.4
A close-up of three birds preening on the lake's edge. Locality Virginia Lake, Reno, Washoe County, Nevada, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Josep del Hoyo 24 June 2012 36 weeks ago 24 sec 4.2
Several birds swimming, diving and feeding Locality John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Pennsylvania, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Alexander Grimwade 2 February 2007 6 years ago 26 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 41 photos
Fulca americana en a lagoon from Argentina.At an altitud of 2500 meters above sea level.
Locality Jujuy Province, Argentina
kevin zaouali 20 February 2012 1 year ago 4.6
Coots must "run" on the water to gain speed in order to take flight
Locality Andrews, Andrews County, Texas, USA (United States)
Erik Breden 26 November 2008 3 years ago 4.6
Adult bird, seen from the side, foraging on fresh sea-weed at low tide.
Locality Del Rey Lagoon Park, Marina del Rey, Los Angeles County, California, USA (United States) (ssp americana)
Pia Öberg 4 February 2006 1 year ago 4.4
Locality Homestead, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA (United States)
Paul Cools 14 February 2009 29 weeks ago 4.2
On a cenote
Locality Akumal, Quintana Roo State, Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico (Southern)
Guy Poisson 1 January 2013 18 weeks ago 4
An adult on a log in a pond
Locality Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary, Arcata, Humboldt County, California, USA (United States)
AndrewSmith 2 November 2011 1 year ago 4