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Limpkin

Aramus guarauna

Description:

The Limpkin's bill is uniquely adapted to foraging on apple snails. The closed bill has a gap just before the tip that makes the bill act like tweezers. The tip itself is often curved slightly to the right so it can be slipped into the right-handed chamber of the snail. They eat Apple snails (Pomacea sp.) and freshwater mussels.

Habitat:

Artificial marsh at Orlando Wetlands Park


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3 Comments

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Yes, I found that interesting...this one's beak seems slimmer. The beak of the Openbeak stork is more robust looking. PN shows us so many new things.

Machi
Machi 4 years ago

That is interesting because their bills look so different but are both adapted for eating snails.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Oh! Like the Asian Openbill Stork's bill : http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/128...
The Limpkin is a new species for me...but how interesting that it likes apple snails as much as our Openbill storks do. Thanks for sharing.

Machi
Spotted by
Machi

Orlando, Florida, USA

Lat: 28.58, Long: -81.00

Spotted on Feb 15, 2015
Submitted on Feb 17, 2015

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