Rails, Gallinules and Coots (Rallidae)

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.