Story: Wetland birds

Australian coot on nest

Australian coot on nest

Australian coots build a floating nest of rushes and twigs, anchored to vegetation. They lay four to eight creamy white eggs with dark spots. Both male and female incubate the eggs and tend to the young.

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Photograph by Peter Reese

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Pūkeko and Australian coots', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14661/australian-coot-on-nest (accessed 17 October 2019)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015