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- Swims on surface of water like a duck and walks on floating plants rather like a chicken.
- Dark purple head, neck, and underside.
- Green back.
- Red bill tipped with yellow.
- Light blue forehead.
- Bill triangular like a chicken's, not flat like a duck's.
- Legs yellow.
Immature DescriptionDowny chick is black. Juvenile is buffy tan instead of purple, with greenish back, dull bill, dull blue frontal shield, and yellow legs.
- Both Sexes
- Length: 14.6-14.2 in (37-36 cm)
- Weight: 7.3-10.2 oz (208-288 g)
- Wingspan: 21.6 in (55 cm)