Adult bird: Bluish-purple head, throat and upper breast.
Adult: Blue-purple body. Green back and wings. Blue facial shield. Red
bill tipped with yellow. Long yellow legs. Notice the long toes.
Immature: Brownish to olive above. Paler under parts. Dark bill. Young
"mew" like kittens.
Habitat: Salt and rreshwater marshes. Rivers and lakes. Look for them where
there are lily pads.
A Florida resident.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia