Red-gartered Coots

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The Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata) is a South American rail found in Argentina, southern Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. It is a vagrant to Bolivia and the Falkland Islands.

In inhabits swamps, markes, freshwater lakes and ponds, where it mainly feeds on aquatic plants. Red-gartered Coots have also been observed feeding on smaller crabs (specifically the grapsid crab, Cyrtograpsus angulatus).

This species is named after its red "garter," which is generally difficult to see. The frontal shield is linked to the yellowish bill by a red line which is noticeable when fairly close. When viewed from a distance, it looks as though the shield is separated from the bill.

Red-gartered Coot (Fulica armillata)

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