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what bird is this???

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by vinyari, Nov 26, 2011.

  1. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    hey everyone,
    a buddy of mine got this bird in the grill of his truck, he took it home and called me just said it was a duck, is all he told me, I was expecting a malard or woodduck or something when I got it home and opened the now frozen bird this is what i found. I don't think I have ever seen this bird before.

    It's almost all black, its chest has white/grey and black its feet are kinda green/yellow, but it has been frozen for more than a week so i have no idea if the freezing would change the color of the feet or not.

    I took these pics with my phone if I need to I'll take out the camera and get better pics, like I said he is frozen and not so easy to move so I tried to get as good pics as possible.

    thanks
    Randy

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  2. lazermag

    lazermag New Member

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    That is a coot
     

  3. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    interesting, thanks alot, is this a common bird? can't say i've ever heard of them
     
  4. DomC

    DomC New Member

    looks more like a moorehen, but hard to tell with the flash covering up the bill.
     
  5. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    well I'm gonna go and snap a few more pics see if I can get a better one of the head, will get the wife to help with her camera, she's the snap happy one in the family
     
  6. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    ok how about this pic of the beak

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  7. duxdown

    duxdown New Member

    COOT!!!!!!!!
     
  8. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    ok so here's the next noob question, do I treat it like a duck with, skinning, fleshing, tanning and mounting??
     
  9. Montanapat

    Montanapat New Member

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    Here in Montana, every day of the season I can shoot 4 geese, 7 ducks and 25 coot! Coot are not very rare, although some locations don't see coot. Could be rare for Alberta.
     
  10. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    i talked to a buddy of mine tonight who's a big goose/duck hunter, he says they use to chase them all the time as a kid but hasn't seen one in years, so not exactly common place around here any more
     
  11. alan webfoot

    alan webfoot New Member

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    15 a day here but RARELY see them. Yes skin like a duck but the skin is a lot tougher makes a very nice mount .I think they are very neat looking birds.
     
  12. It looks like an American Coot
     
  13. Definitely a coot, but the beak looks messed up.
    I have one hanging on my wall. Very nice looking in a swimming under water position. Mine has a wrapped body, and was mounted just like any duck would be, including the real feet and bill.

    The feet are neat, they look like plants!
     
  14. babak

    babak Active Member

    definitely Eurasian coot ,Fulica atra !beak is broken!
     
  15. laruebcasino

    laruebcasino Member

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    I agree...looks to be a yellow and red bill....
     
  16. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

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    gray widgeon....COOT.......we can shoot 15 per day but never do ...dumb as heck ....they have a breast about size of a teal and huge thighs....tons of fat and taste exactly like liver...mount just like a duck.....degrease well and are quite easy to groom...feathers are almost like "hair"
     
  17. vinyari

    vinyari New Member

    thanks for the input guys
     
  18. Triple BB

    Triple BB New Member

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    Was checking out one of our local reservoirs for ducks and Cans about a month ago. Could hardly see a duck with all the coots. Must've been 5000 - 10,000 scattered across the lake. The shorelines were loaded in places. I walked over with the dog and most of them swam no more than 10' from the shore...
     
  19. papagoose

    papagoose papagoose and goslings

    coot coot its a coot
     
  20. Heck

    Heck Active Member

    Thats "ol Green legs"!!! (A coot) :)