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There are different types of marsh birds seen in North America. The species include the American Coot, Common Moorhen, Cranes, Rails, Sora and Purple Swamphen. Marsh Birds use their environment to the fullest. These skulking birds use the tall grasses and cattails as cover in their habitat. They are able to move about most times, totally unnoticed. Most marsh birds have long toes with the ability to walk or run if necessary, on top of the plant life seen on the surface of the water. Other birds such as the American Coot prefer marsh waters deep enough to be able to swim on the surface and reach down into the water in search of its food.