Adult: Long-legged wading bird. Glossy black
primaries seen in flight. Head and neck naked, blackish. Bill is thick and long, tapering
and decurved near tip. Pink feet.
Immature: Like adult. Gray feathers on head. Nape and neck are grayer than
adult. Bill yellowish.
Habitat: Salt and freshwater marshes. Mudflats and wooded swamps. Often
seen in roadside ditches.
A Florida resident.
Text by Mary Jean Rogers, West Volusia