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    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.

      Relative Sizebetween robin and crowbetween robin and crow
      • 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)