Fairly large, common, and widespread coot of lowlands. Found on fresh to brackish ponds and lakes; also at river mouths and locally on coastal waters. Feeds mainly while swimming, but also walks readily on shorelines. Bill pattern is diagnostic: pale yellow forehead shield is separated from brighter yellow bill by a broken dark red band. Also note the red “garters” on its legs, often hidden when swimming. Juvenile has extensively whitish head. Often occurs alongside White-winged and Red-fronted Coots.