French: Foulque d’Amérique German: Amerikanisches Blässhuhn Spanish: Focha americana
Other common names:
Caribbean Coot (“caribaea”)
J. F. Gmelin
Subspecies and Distribution
F. a. americana
J. F. Gmelin, 1789 – SE Alaska E across S Canada to Nova Scotia, and S to West Indies (Bahamas, Cuba, I of Pines and Jamaica E & S to Lesser Antilles and coast of Venezuela), Nicaragua and Costa Rica; winters W to Hawaii and S to Panama.
F. a. columbiana
Chapman, 1914 – E Andes in C Colombia; formerly also in N Ecuador#R.
34–43 cm; male 576–848 (742) g, female 427–628 (560) g, unsexed 340–700 (563) g; wingspan 60–70 cm. Differs from American congeners in having... read more
Loquacious; has variety of cackling and clucking notes, often repeated. Alarm call of male “... read more
Reed-fringed lakes and ponds, open marshes and sluggish rivers; also estuaries and bays. Nominate... read more
Food and feeding
Principally aquatic vegetation, mostly submerged plants, especially Chara and other algae, Potamogeton, Lemna,... read more
North America, Apr–Jul (peak Apr–May), winter breeding reported in Florida; breeds May–Jun and Sept–Oct in Virgin... read more
Mainly migratory, especially in North America E of Rocky Mts. Many apparently migrate to larger N... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). In North America considered abundant and is a game species; annual harvest over last 3–4 decades averaged c. 8000 birds in... read more
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