The mysterious case of the ornamented coot chicks has a surprising explanation

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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.

This full article appears on <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191231111817.htm">Science Daily</a>

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