Common Names: American coot, mud hen
Sub-category: Rails, Gallinules, & Coots
Measuring 13 to 17 inches in length and 23 to 28 inches across the wings, adults have a short thick white bill and white frontal shield, which usually has a reddish-brown spot near the top of the bill between the eyes. From up close, a dark band can be distinguished at the billtip. The body is grey with the head and neck darker than the rest of the body. Their legs are yellowish, with lobed toes rather than webbed feet. Their chicks have black bodies with bright red head and beak, and orange plumes around the neck.
Inhabits wetlands, marshes, and open water bodies.