American Coot Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    The American Coot is a plump, chickenlike bird with a rounded head and a sloping bill. Their tiny tail, short wings, and large feet are visible on the rare occasions they take flight.

    Relative Size

    About two-thirds the size of a Mallard.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 15.5-16.9 in (39.4-42.9 cm)
      • Weight: 21.2-24.7 oz (600-700 g)
      • Wingspan: 23.0-25.0 in (58.4-63.5 cm)