Limpkin

Aramus guarauna

Order

GRUIFORMES

Family

Limpkin (Aramidae)

Code 4

LIMP

Code 6

ARAGUA

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Limpkin has a large range, estimated globally at 12,000,000 square kilometers. Native to a majority of the Americas and surrounding island nations, this bird prefers forest, savanna, and wetland ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 1,000,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Limpkin is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Limpkin: Large, unique marsh bird, dark brown body, white streaks on neck, back, wings, breast. Bill is slightly decurved. Neck and legs are long. Vaguely resembles an ibis. Feeds on freshwater snails, mussels, frogs, crustaceans and insects. Direct flight with quick upstrokes and slow downstrokes.

 

Range and Habitat

Limpkin: Occurs from peninsular Florida and southern Mexico, through the Caribbean and Central America to northern Argentina. In South America it occurs widely east of the Andes; west of them its range extends only to the Equator. Preferred habitats include wooded and brushy freshwater swamps and marshes.

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Limpkin SONGS AND CALLS

Limpkin A1

Winnowing sounds from the wings of a bird in flight, followed by calls.

Limpkin A2

Typical call is a rolling "krrrreeow", given by males year-round.

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Voice Text

"kkrrrraaow"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Limpkin is named for its limping-like flight with its dangling legs and jerky wing beats.
  • It was once very common in Florida, but due to the decline of its primary food source, the Florida Apple Snail, it is now listed as a SSC (species of special concern).
  • The only species in its family, it is considered most closely related to rails and cranes.
  • A group of limpkins are collectively known as a "hobbling" of limpkins.

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RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Yury Lisyak

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