American Coot

Fulica americana
American Coot specimens on display in the exhibit "Birds of D.C."

DC Information

Found commonly throughout the year. Large populations, forming flocks in winter, arrive in late September and October, and stay until March and April. Inhabits ponds, bays, and marshes with dense aquatic vegetation. Nests from early May to late July. Sexes are similar.

Specimen Information

This record relates to the bird on the left.
Date:  11/5/1911
Collected By:  Nat'l Zoo Park
Locality:  Not recorded
Sex:  Not recorded
Catalog ID:  223155
This is likely the record for the bird on the right.
Date:  4/16/1912
Collected By:  Henry R Marshall
Locality:  Laurel, MD
Sex:  Not recorded
Catalog ID:  233680