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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.