Broad array of wetlands, including freshwater lakes, ponds, marshes, ditches, waste impoundments during breeding season. Common characteristics of breeding wetlands include heavy stands of emergent vegetation with some shoreline and at least some depth of standing water during nesting and brood-rearing (Brisbin and Mowbray 2002).
Brisbin, I. L., Jr. and T. B. Mowbray. 2002. American Coot (Fulica americana). In The Birds of North America, No. 697 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists’ Union.