Avery Island Wildlife - pam-and-edmund-mcilhenny

The American Coot, common and widespread in our country, is often mistaken for a duck. While it swims in water like a duck, it does not have webbed feet. Instead, its toes have large lobes of skin that help it swim through the water, but fold back each time its foot is raised so it can walk on land easily, too. It eats mainly aquatic plants, and the oldest known Coot lived to be 22 years old. Source: The Cornell Lab or Orinthology "All About Birds."

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