American Coot (Fulica americana)

Order: Gruiformes
Family: Rallidae
Genus: Fulica
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

Regional

This bird has been reportedly found in the following regions:

, British Columbia
Augusta, Georgia
Mchenry, Illinois
Coatesville, Indiana
Yale, Iowa
Houston, Texas
Walkerton, Virginia
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On Feb 10, 2015, Chillybean from Near Central, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I get a kick out of their feet! They are a water bird, but the feet are not webbed like ducks. They have individual toes, but with flaps on them. It is fun watching them run on the water before take-off.

The American Coot can be seen year round in Iowa, but only if there is open water in the winter.