|Coots, the only Florida birds with white bills, often gather in very large flocks.|
|They feed primarily on aquatic vegetation and fish and sometimes steal plants from ducks.|
|They appear ducklike in the water, but are actually shaped more like a chicken. Rather than webbed feet, their toes are widely lobed, serving them both in the water and on the mud.|
|Coots have to get a running start to become airborne|
What began as courtship -- the male swimming toward the female with his head and neck extended on the water -- quickly turned into a high-speed chase.