Chronology of migration by American coots in Oklahoma

Journal of Wildlife Management
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American coots (Fulica americana) were studied on large reservoirs in north-central Oklahoma in 1979-1982 to determine chronologies of migrations by age- and sex class. Coots began migrating into Oklahoma in mid-September, numbers peaked in early to mid-October, and few birds were seen after 1 November. Some late migrants appeared in mid-December. In spring, coots began migrating in late February, numbers peaked in mid-April, and the last birds were seen in mid-May. Generally, adult and juvenile males and juvenile female coots migrated simultaneously in autumn, but adult females completed migration by 1 November. A few juveniles and adult males migrated in December. Adult coots preceded yearlings in spring. Despite annual and between-lake differences in chronology of autumn migration, most coots migrated before waterfowl hunting season in Oklahoma. Coot hunting seasons in mid-latitude states should commence before the general waterfowl season where management goals are to increase hunter interest and the harvest of birds.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Chronology of migration by American coots in Oklahoma
Series title Journal of Wildlife Management
DOI 10.2307/3801878
Volume 49
Issue 1
Year Published 1985
Language English
Publisher Wildlife Society
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 6 p.
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Journal of Wildlife Management
First page 241
Last page 246
Country United States
State Oklahoma