September 15, 2016

American Coot

Seen in the marsh at Rondeau Provincial Park.


Fulica americana

The ecological impact of common animals, like this ubiquitous waterbird, can be impressive when you add it all up. One estimate from Back Bay, Virginia, suggested that the local coot population ate 216 tons (in dry weight) of vegetation per winter.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Coot/lifehistory

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