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Birdlife International

Caribbean Coot

The Caribbean Coot is 13 to 15 inches long and has a short thick white bill with a reddish-brown spot near the tip and a white forehead shield. The Caribbean Coot is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. The legs are yellow, with scalloped toes rather than webbed feet. The Caribbean Coot is native to Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Virgin Islands and Jamaica.

They’re commonly found in freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, and coastal brackish lagoons. The breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and marshes. They build a nest in shallow water or floating, and lay 4 to 8 speckled whitish or pale brown eggs.

Caribbean Coots can dive for food but can also forage on land. They are omnivores, eating plant material, insects, fish, and other aquatic animals.

The declining population is attributed to hunting, egg collection, habitat degradation and the introduction of predators. Proposed conservation actions include conducting more in depth population studies and public education campaigns.