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Solved: mystery of ‘ornamented' coot chicks has surprising explanation

1 month ago   |   By Milton Keynes Natural History Society

The American coot is a somewhat drab water bird with gray and black feathers and a white beak, common in wetlands throughout North America. Coot chicks, however, sport outrageously bright orange and red feathers, skin, and beaks. A new study explains how the bright coloring of coot chicks fits in with the reproductive strategy of their less colorful parents.
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