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Bald as a Coot

By budapestbill    
Coots are medium-sized water birds that are members of the rail family, Rallidae. They constitute the genus Fulica, the name being the Latin term for "coot." Coots have predominantly black plumage, and unlike many rails‚ they are usually easy to see, often swimming in open water.

Family: Rallidae
Scientific name: Fulica
Order: Gruiformes
Phylum: Chordata
Kingdom: Animalia

coot (n.) ... Perhaps from an unrecorded Old English word, or perhaps from Low German (compare Dutch meercoet "lake coot"). Meaning "silly person, fool" is attested from 1766.

Everyone already knows, of course, that the lowly coot (aka mud hen) is totally inedible. Coots feed exclusively on mud. Therefore, coots taste like mud.

Groups of coots are called covers or rafts. The oldest known coot lived to be 22 years old. The American coot is a migratory bird that occupies most of North America.

Coots earned the nicknames marsh hen and mud hen because of they way their heads bob when they walk or swim like a chicken's head.

"Bald as a Coot"

The word 'bald' is actually derived from an old English word 'bala' which means 'white patch'. If you look at a coot, they have a white patch above their beak known as a 'knob' or a 'frontal shield'. It is this that has given rise to the term 'bald as a coot', rather than because they are featherless.

Tags: Coot Rail Water bird Wildlife and nature Rallidae mud hen Marsh Hen

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25 Sep 2021 4:37PM
Beautiful image.
budapestbill 14 30 1 United Kingdom
26 Sep 2021 2:59AM
Thank you 😊 Malcolm!

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