The Limpkin is a tall wading bird with a long, slightly downcurved bill, long legs, and dark brown plumage heavily streaked with white.
Seasonal change in appearanceNone.
BehaviorForages by wading in shallow water.
Resident in Florida, as well as Mexico south to South America. Populations declining in the U.S.
Bent Life History
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Wetland conservation is essential for Limpkins to continue to thrive.
Limpkins are very tolerant of other bird species in their vicinity.
VocalizationsLoud, repeated “kow” or wailing notes are given.
The nest is a platform of plant materials placed above the water in emergent vegetation, or in short trees.
Color: Olive with darker markings.
Incubation and fledging:
- Young hatch at 26-28 days.
- Young fledge (leave the nest) within a day after hatching but remain with the adults for some time.