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A large brownish wading bird (Aramus guarauna) of warm, swampy regions of Florida, the Caribbean islands, and Central and South America, having long legs, a curved bill, and a distinctive wailing call. Also called courlan.

[From its halting gait.]
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(Animals) a rail-like wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of tropical American marshes, having dark brown plumage with white markings and a wailing cry: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). Also called: courlan
[C19: named from its awkward gait]
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(ˈlɪmp kɪn)

a large, loud-voiced wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of warmer regions of the New World.
[1870–75, Amer.; appar. limp1 + -kin, from its jerky walk]
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Noun1.limpkin - wading bird of Florida, Cuba and Jamaica having a drooping bill and a distinctive wailing calllimpkin - wading bird of Florida, Cuba and Jamaica having a drooping bill and a distinctive wailing call
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
Gruiformes, order Gruiformes - inland marsh-dwelling birds with long legs and necks and bills that wade in water in search of food: cranes; rails; bustards
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A great blue heron, a limpkin and a little blue heron landed at the edge of the water about 20 feet from the trees.
* LIMPKIN A year-round star that loves to dine on apple snails, this is one of the most sought-after birds, with many watchers traveling to Florida to view it.
The 2,000-strong flocks of plumed waterbirds Teale observed are far diminished, while certain species like the limpkin have simply vanished.
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The reader has no doubt that characters such as Limpkin and Gittel Stein, Sonya's editor and co-worker at the Lower East Side newspaper at which she is working when she first meets Manning, spell their own doom by passively accepting and even reveling in their tragic fates.
Back in Florida, Elliott awakes in his tent at 4:00 am to the call of the limpkin, a southern wading bird he's never recorded.
Clive Limpkin; INDIA EXPOSED: THE SUBCONTINENT A-Z; Abbeville Press (Travel) $29.95 ISBN: bad4084
Visitors may also see roseate spoonbills, brilliantly colored painted buntings, wood storks, snail kites, and the limpkin, a long-legged, wading bird that can be seen searching for snails and frogs.
Secretary Bird; Falcons; Cracids; Megapodes; Guineafowl; Pheasants; Wood Partridges; Bottonquail; Rails and Coots; Sungrebes; Kagu; Sunbittern; Mesites; Cranes; Limpkin; Trumpeters; Seriemas.
Either way, you'll see beautiful birds--we spot roseate spoonbills, egrets, herons, kingfishers, a limpkin and more--and alligators.