Dec1, 2015


American Coots are small migratory duck like waterfowl that are part of the rail family. They are very social animals that can quickly learn to recognize people as individuals, and will act like domestic pets. Following their lives as individual characters when they return on migration from year to year makes a very compelling story. This site has a monthly news report, references to coot research, and my own observations. To learn more about coots, select from the following headings.


  • Monthly Coot News
  • Background
  • Coot Food
  • Recipe for Coot Pudding
  • Coot Misinformation
  • Bibliography of Research
  • Coot Calls and Movies
  • Historical Summary
  • Links to Important Sites
  • Opinion
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    The Monthly Journal for Avocational Ornithologists