AQUATIC BIRDS

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ABITIBI-TÉMISCAMINGUE, QC.CA The name of ‟spattererˮ has often been attached to the American Coot. He uses different splashing techniques to scare or distract potential predator or warn its congener. Among these a less documented behavior is perching on the edge of his nest or standing on a submerged surface and noisily slapping his large webbed feet on the water to challenge other males while indicating his presence to potential partners. ©André Bhérer