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American Coot  Fulica americana

The American Coot is a migratory bird that occupies most of North America.  It lives in the Pacific and southwestern United States and Mexico year-round and occupies more northeastern regions during the summer breeding season.  In the winter, they can be found as far south as Panama.

In Florida, this species is a common fall through spring visitor (Aug-May).  A few birds remain to breed in the summer.  Confirmed breeding ranges from Okaloosa County south to Dade County, but the distribution is spotty and irregular, with many large gaps.