American Coots are just plain goofy. They swim and feed like ducks, and yet, they are a rail (that’s right I said it). Coots, actually, look a lot like a chicken,a frickin’ swimming chicken with a large white bill. They have lobate feet, which means that each toe has lobes of skin surrounding the digit, which function the same as the webbed feet of a duck. Coots are lazy, or are they smart? Either way, they steal most of their meals, usually from ducks that have done all of the work of diving to the bottom, plucking the nutritious aquatic vegetation, and bringing to the surface. All of this strangeness is wrapped into one loud, raucous package. The perfect of April Fool.