The American Coot is a medium-sized bird with a white bill, yellow legs, and lobed toes. The body is dark gray to black with a blackish head and neck. Some of the undertail coverts are white and visible, especially during display. Juveniles are paler and have greenish-gray legs. The downy chick’s plumage is a colorful orange on the head and neck. In flight, coots may be distinguished by a white trailing edge on most of the wing.