LIMPKIN (Aramus guarauna)
Location: Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Photo: © 2007 Jeffrey Berger
Remember those early Tarzan films and those jungle wails on the soundtrack? Kee-YAAAH! Kee-YAAAH! It is the call of a limpkin, a native Floridian. Those limpkin calls were recorded during the filming of Tarzan.
The limpkin is a marsh bird found only in the New World tropics. Part ibis, part crane, and part rail, it is considered to be one of the most usual of birds. Called “limpkin” on account of its awkward gait, it is nevertheless an avid flier and swimmer and ranks among the fastest runners. Limpkins feed principally on apple snails, a diminishing food source due to habitat loss.