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Limpkin

Limpkin

Limpkin

Photographed at Lake Lotus Park, Altamonte Springs, Florida on October 30, 2009. This bird was calling a friend or mate from atop the “Lake Lotus Viewing Room” on Lake Lotus. I could hear a distant Limpkin returning the call.

Limpkins

Limpkins

Photographed on Lake Ivanhoe, Orlando, Florida on December 28, 2008.

Whatbird: Large, unique marsh bird with dark brown body and white streaks on neck, back, wings, and breast. Bill is slightly decurved. Neck and legs are long. Sexes are similar. Juvenile is paler than adult. Vaguely resembles an ibis.

Resident locally in southern Georgia and Florida; also found in the American tropics. Preferred habitats include wooded and brushy swamps and marshes.

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).

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