|Common Gallinule. Lindo Lake, California. February 9, 2014. Greg Gillson.|
Another major difference is that gallinues do not have webbed feet like ducks, geese, and swans.
Gallinules are resident birds of southern states (migrating to the East Coast in summer, and also south into South America). In most of North America the similar, but less colorfully-billed, American Coot is quite abundant. If you are familiar with coots, the gallinules tend to be more shy and hide closer to shore among the reeds. The Common Gallinules at Lindo Lake this day, however, were pretty bold, swimming out from protection and even begging food with the tame ducks!
|American Coot. Lindo Lake, California. February 9, 2014. Greg Gillson.|