By Tim Stephens, Staff Writer 459-2495. Flocks often forage along the shore or on lawns. Behavior. American Coot. University Of California - Santa Cruz. Overall, coot breeding behavior is not unlike other rails. Breeding and Nesting. They propel themselves through the water by pumping their heads back and forth. Get involved ... All-black and larger than its cousin, the moorhen, the Eurasian coot has a distinctive white beak and 'shield' above the beak which earns it the title 'bald'. Behavior. Incubation ranges from 21 to 25 days and is carried out by both parents. To become airborne, they must scramble across the water with wings flapping vigorously. Nesting success is usually over 80%, mainly due to the parents' steadfast defense of the nest throughout courtship, incubation and fledging. Share this story: Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Reddit. When they walk, they walk more like a chicken than waddle like a duck. They also dive for aquatic plants. The Eurasian Coot, with its sooty-black plumage and gleaming white bill and frontal shield covering its forehead, is a familiar bird across Europe and Asia as well as Australia. Coots select breeding areas rich in nesting materials and build up to nine bulky, floating structures. They are very territorial when nesting and may fight over their nesting territory. Coots Can Count: Study Shows Surprisingly Sophisticated Nesting Behavior In Common Marsh Birds. Behavior. ScienceDaily. American Coots are noisy, gregarious members of the rail family. Foraging and Feeding. Babes in arms Newborn chicks take time to become independent. It’s nesting season for our waterfowl too but what are the rules you need to follow for ducks, geese or swans? Coots can count: Study shows surprisingly sophisticated nesting behavior in common marsh birds. They lay eggs in only one or two of them; the others are used for displaying, copulating, or brooding. 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