Order Gruiformes

Family Aramidae

Limpkin
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General

Shows morphological affinities with Gruidae and Rallidae. DNA studies suggested possible grouping with finfoots in family Heliornithidae, but more recent molecular analyses indicate that it is probably sister-family to Gruidae#R.

  • Large brown, rail-like or ibis-like wading birds, with long bill, neck and legs.
  • Tropical and subtropical parts of the Americas.
  • Mainly in and around freshwater wetlands; also mangroves, and occasionally much drier zones.
  • 56-71 cm.
  • 1 genus, 1 species, 4 taxa.
  • 0 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Bryan, D.C. & Bonan, A. (2017). Limpkin (Aramidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52227 on 27 March 2017).