It's a partially migratory species, as it relocates from its northern habitats of the United States and Canada to its winter ranges located in Mexico, Central America, South America, the West Indies, and Bermuda. In the latter 19th century, their plumes were popularly used on hats. As a result, the birds were hunted until they were nearly extinct. They are now protected and the population has been slowly recovering.
It breeds in coastal and inland wetlands, but its range limits have changed over time due to the effects of hunting and habitat loss.
Lat: 11.23, Long: -74.21
Spotted on Oct 31, 2011
Submitted on Nov 7, 2011