Adult: Gray-black head and neck. Body
somewhat lighter. White feathers along flank. Bill brown with yellowy tip. Frontal shield
Breeding adult: Black
head. Frontal shield brilliant red. Bill red with yellow tip.
Immature: Browny-gray. Dark bill. Pale throat, buffy face. Chick is downy, black and
Habitat: Freshwater marshes, lakes, ponds, river edges and mud flats.
A Florida resident.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia