Limpkin (Aramus guarauna)

Order: Gruiformes | Family: Aramidae  | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Amazonia, Brasil

Age: Adult and Chicks | Sex: Unknown |Loc. Amazonian, Brasil

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Southeast Peru

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Central Florida

Identification & Behavior: ~68.5 cm (27 in). The Limpkin is structurally similar to a rail. It is olive-brown with white specks in the head, neck, upper breast, upper back, and wing coverts. It has a long thick bill.  Males are slightly larger than females. Juveniles birds are a dull version of the adults. Far carrying voice. See the Family Rallidae.

Status: The Limpkin is uncommon in the Amazonian lowlands where it is always associated with water. It also occurs in Co, Ec, Br, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Carrao.

Sub-species: Limpkin (Aramus guarauna guarauna) Linnaeus, 1766.

Meaning of Name:  Aramus:  Gr. Aramos= A kind of heron mentioned by Hesychius.  guarauna: Tupi (Brazilian) Indian name for a marshbird.

See more of the Family Aramidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
limpkin -  aramus guaraunaVoice


    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo), The Field Museum. on 7/09/2014.