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  Order Gruiformes - Crakes, Rails and Allies
   Family Aramidae - Limpkins

  Gruiforms include a diverse assemblage found in most areas of the world. They are aquatic or terrestrial with the anterior toes free or incompletely webbed.
Rails are primarily water birds with a compressed body, long toes, and short, rounded wings. They are secretive and are best located by their song. Many feed at night, foraging while walking in damp marshes or swimming in shallow water.
Limpkins are medium-sized waders found in Florida. They feed primarily on a large snail not found here.
     
     
  Limpkin, Aramus guarauna
 
   Cornell     USGS     Wiki   ToL     EoL
        SUMMER - Very rare / Accidental
           MARSHES (fresh water)
 
   Limpkins are dark brown wading birds with white streaks and a yellow bill. They have dark legs. They walk slowly in brushy and wooded swamps. They utter a loud, wild-sounding scream that helps locate them. Their nearest breeding area is in northern Florida. They feed primarily on a freshwater snail, the apple snail, that is not found north of the Altamaha River in Georgia.
 
       
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Caw Caw - rare summer. ACE - accidental.
   P&G: Casual. 3 specimens (only one coastal - Charleston Co.).
   Avendex: 6 records. March - May, July.
   Potter: The Limpkin occurs very rarely in the South Carolina coastal plain inland to Aiken and northward to New Bern, NC. They have been seen from early March to early September.
  ●  Not likely on Seabrook - accidental.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
       
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