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Marsh Birds

Oiseaux des marais

Bitterns, Cranes, Coot, Gallinule, Jacana, Limpkin, Moorhen, Rails, Sora & Swamphen


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There are different types of marsh birds seen in North America. The species include the American Coot, Common Moorhen, cranes, Limpkin, rails, Sora and Purple Swamphen.

Marsh birds use their environment to the fullest. These skulking birds use the tall grasses and cattails as cover in their habitat. They are able to move about most times totally unnoticed.

Most marsh birds have long toes which gives them the ability to walk or run if necessary, on top of the plant life on the surface of the water. Other birds such as the American Coot prefer marsh waters deep enough to be able to swim on the surface and reach down into the water in search of its food.

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References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds