This section is from the book "The Bird Book", by Chester A. Reed. Also available from Amazon: The Bird Book.
Range - Temperate North America, from New England, Manitoba and California, southward.
A grayish colored bird of similar size to the last (13 inches long), with flanks streaked with white, and with the bill and crown plate reddish. They nest in colonies in marshes and swamps, building their nests like those of the Purple Gallinule. The eggs, too, are similar, but larger and slightly duller. Size 1.75 x 1.20. Data. - Montezuma marshes, Florida, June 6, 1894. Eleven eggs. Nest of dead flaggs, floating in two feet of water. Collector, Robert Warwick.
Florida Gallinule. Coot.