Two Kinds of Coots – Focusing on Wildlife
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I was in London last week for a conference. My hotel was near Kensington Gardens, one of London’s Royal Parks. I walked all over the gardens, saw the famous statue of Peter Pan, and sat by a pond watching the royal waterfowl. There were mute swans, tufted ducks, Egyptian geese, moorhens, great crested grebes, great blue herons, and abundant Eurasian coots.

Eurasian coot adult, Fulica atra.

A Eurasian coot chick strikes the same pose.

This is our local version — the American coot, Fulica americana. Note the different features on the face. Ours has marks at the tip of the beak and on the forehead.

And here is Peter Pan…

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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Doug Herr

There's also the Hawaiian Coot, Fulica alai:

http://www.wildlightphoto.com/birds/rallidae/hacoot00.html

Dermot McCabe

A fun walk in the park, JUlie. I hope your report of Great Blue Heron doesn't start a twitchers' stampede!

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