These nests are not elaborate structures. They are basically a bunch of sticks and reeds scraped together. Coots tend to be conspecific brood parasites. This means that the females lay eggs in the nests of other Coots. This is just a wild guess on my part, but I wonder if this multi-nest building characteristic is a brood parasitism defense? This is the last of the American Coot photo/journal images for now. Next up in alphabetical order is the American Kestrel.
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