Coots, Rails, and Gallinule

Coots,  Rails and Gallinule belong to the Rallidae family.  They are small chicken-like birds that live in and around marshes and sometimes salt water.  They can swim and fly but prefer to move around on their large feet.  They are shy birds by nature and are usually heard before they are seen.  Most have short rounded wings and short tails and are not brightly colored.

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