Small dark gray waterbird with a yellow eye and a small thin bill.
Small waterbird with a yellow eye and fluffy backside. Nonbreeding birds are grayish brown.
Often sunbathes by fluffing up its rear feathers to expose the black skin beneath to absorb the solar radiation.
Found in temporary or permanent wetlands, including ponds, lakes, ditches, and slow-moving rivers.
- Small waterbird.
- Sooty-colored head and body.
- Thin, dark bill.
- Yellow eyes.
Immature DescriptionBill is pale. Eyes brown, turning whitish as it gets older. Head has white stripes, gradually darkening. Throat white.
Relative Sizebetween robin and crow
- Both Sexes
- Length: 8.7-10.6 in (22-27 cm)
- Weight: 2.9-6.4 oz (81-182 g)
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