Aramidae – Limpkin

Limpkin has many names like carrao, courlan, and crying bird – mainly associated with their gate or loud calls

Limpkin is an exclusive species in this family, closely resembling cranes and rails. It is a medium-sized bird with long legs, rounded wings, curved bills, and legs. The bill is perhaps the most exciting feature, with a downward-right curve and a small gap or slit.

This morphological adaptation enables them to use their bills as tweezers to deshell the apple snails. Also, these limping birds have a very distinct sound, making them popular among music producers. They primarily inhabit freshwater wetlands and forage in shallow waters or floating vegetation. The sickle-shaped brownish wings are known to produce a winnowing sound upon flapping, marking territory.