Description of the Limpkin
The Limpkin is a tall wading bird with a long, slightly downcurved bill, long legs, and dark brown plumage heavily streaked with white.
Photograph © Greg Lavaty
Seasonal change in appearance
Forages 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
Visit the Bent Life History for extensive additional information on the Limpkin.
Wetland conservation is essential for Limpkins to continue to thrive.
Limpkins are very tolerant of other bird species in their vicinity.
Loud, repeated “kow” or wailing notes are given.