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Red-gartered Coot Fulica armillata


The Red-gartered Coot is one of a number of coot species common in the freshwater marshes and lakes of southern South America.  It is distinguised from other similarly dark-bodied coots by small patches of red separating the yellow bill from the yellow frontal shield, as well as red markings on the legs.  In many cases, the species is found together with White-winged Coot and Red-fronted Coot, and these species can be easily distinguished by sight and usually by vocal differences as well.  They feed on aquatic vegetation and small invertebrates, usually in shallow water.

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Recommended Citation

Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: