Living Bird Magazine
- ORDER: Gruiformes
- FAMILY: Aramidae
An unusual bird of southern swamps and marshes, the Limpkin reaches the northern limits of its breeding range in Florida. There, it feeds almost exclusively on apple snails, which it extracts from their shells with its long bill. Its screaming cry is unmistakable and evocative.More ID Info
- Carrao (Spanish)
- Courlan brun (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Limpkin's bill is uniquely adapted to foraging on apple snails. The closed bill has a gap just before the tip that makes the bill act like tweezers. The tip itself is often curved slightly to the right so it can be slipped into the right-handed chamber of the snail.
- The Limpkin is the only member of its taxonomic family. Although it resembles herons and ibises in general form, the Limpkin is generally considered to be more closely related to rails and cranes.
- In the 1800s, European settlers noted that the Limpkin was so tame that it could sometimes be caught on the nest.