Comments: Primarily in coastal wetlands, both freshwater and brackish situations, in marshes and ponds, foraging also in ungrazed fields and in rice (AOU 1983). In agricultural areas in southwestern Louisiana, habitats used most frequently were fresh marsh, rice, and flooded harvested fields (Zwank et al. 1989). In Florida, avoided most wetland habitats, but emergent wetlands and ditches tended to be occupied by more birds than expected based on abundance (Johnson et al. 1991). Nests on ground under bush or in concealing grasses on high ground in or near marsh or on island, often under palmettos in Florida (Terres 1980).