What breed of bird is this?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Moonspeckle, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. Moonspeckle

    Moonspeckle Out Of The Brooder

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    I didn't know if this post would go on the chicken-what breed or gender discussion board, since it is definitely NOT a chicken. (Oh, and please ignore the date on these pictures, my camera is messed up >.< )

    I am not even sure if this thing is even native to West Virginia......

    Here it is

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    Here is a picture of it without the flash on:

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    It seems to have red eyes and a red spot right at the start of it's beak. It also has sage-looking feet.
    Here is a better picture of its feet:

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  2. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know what it is either, but I'm eager to see what other people say! We have them too and they are very rare, I've only seen one. They sure are neat looking birds with their red eyes and green funny-looking feet!
     
  3. Moonspeckle

    Moonspeckle Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Well this is the first time I have EVER seen one in harts creek.

    My dad actually caught it because it was stuck in his garage and was stuck in my bicycle wheel.
     
  4. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Moonspeckle

    Moonspeckle Out Of The Brooder

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    It does, but it doesn't have the white between it's eyes, it has a red spot.
     
  6. lasergrl

    lasergrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. Cowgirl71

    Cowgirl71 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks to Sheila's link, I think it's an "American Coot." Check out this pic, it looks JUST like mine did with red eyes and funky feet: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...d=1t:429,r:6,s:27&tx=62&ty=43&biw=800&bih=363 You can try googling "American Coot" for more great pics! [​IMG]

    The one bird I saw was one that a barn cat caught. Man, was it aggressive! We wanted to rescue it, but it was fatally injured so we put it down. [​IMG] It was a beautiful unique bird though!
     
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yup, coot! Cute coot [​IMG] (also remarkably dim coot, if it got stuck in a bicycle wheel in your garage [​IMG])

    Feed it up and let it go.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  9. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yup ,crazy old coot--probably why it ended up where it did. If I'm not mistaken it is also a protected species.
     
  10. fancy

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    It looks like what we call Marsh Hens here in my neck of the woods.
     

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