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May 21, 2020

American coot parent and chick

An American coot (Fulica americana) parent and it's highly ornamented chick.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants IOS 0808579 and IOS 0443807.]

Learn more in the University of California, Santa Cruz, news story The mysterious case of the ornamented coot chicks has a surprising explanation. (Date image taken: June 25, 2008; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: May 21, 2020)

Credit: Bruce Lyon

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