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Aramidae - Limpkin

purple gallinule

Classification

 Kingdom: Animalia 
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Gruiformes
 Family: Aramidae

LimpkinThere is one species in this family. The limpkin is found in the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

It lives in lakes, swamps, and marshes. It is a little over two feet tall and has long legs and a long bill. It is brown with white spots and streaks. The limpkin hunts at night. A large part of its diet is made up of apple snails, but it also eats frogs, tadpoles, and insects.

 

 

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World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct Not Enough DataNot Enough Data
Status and range is taken from ICUN Redlist.

U.S. Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Endangered in US Endangered in US Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife. Click on U.S. status icon to go to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife species profile.
  New Hampshire Status Key
Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in NH Endangered in NH
Status taken from NH Fish and Game

Location Key
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  New Hampshire Species

 

 North/Central American Species

None  

Limpkin - Aramus guarauna Least Concern North America South America

Additional Information

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Limpkin - Aramus guarauna profile Photos Audio Least Concern North America South America
The limpkin feeds almost exclusively on apple snails.
Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Limpkin - Aramus guarauna profile Photos Least Concern North America South America
The limpkin looks like a cross between a crane and a rail.
Source: Animal Diversity Web Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: Yes

Limpkin - Aramus guarauna Photos Video Audio Least Concern North America South America
The limpkin looks like a cross between a crane and a rail.
Source: Internet Bird Collection Intended Audience: General Reading Level: Middle School Teacher Section: No

Limpkin - Aramus guarauna Photos Least Concern North America South America
The limpkin lives in woody swamps and marshes.
Source: National Zoo Bird Photo Gallery Intended Audience: General Reading Level: N/A Teacher Section: Yes