Journaling:  Florida is the only state in the U.S. where Limpkins breed. They are thought to be closely related to cranes and can be found year-round in open freshwater marshes, swamp forests, and shores of rivers, lakes, and ponds.  We saw this one at Newnan’s Lake on April 5, 2014.  The bottom photo shows the Limpkin with its main food source in its bill, the apple snail. Their 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 are locally known as the "wailing bird" or "crying bird" due to their loud mournful call, usually issued at night by territorial males. The Limpkin is listed in Florida as a species of special concern due to habitat loss.


 


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