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Gallinule, Florida bird pictures


Gallinule, Florida bird picturesFLORIDA GALLINULE
219. Gallinula galeata. 13 inches.

Plumage gray, changing to blackish about the head; the back a brownish color. Bill and frontal plate bright red, the former being tipped with yellow, legs greenish with a red ring about the top.

The grayish side feathers tipped with white at the wing and lower ones with black. They have an almost endless variety of notes; all of them harsh and explosive.

Nest. - They build in colonies in the marshes, making their nests of rushes and grasses woven together and attached to stalks of rushes quite often over the water.

They lay from six to ten eggs of a creamy buff color (1.60 x 1.15).