Smaller birds are coots, for scale
A limpkin eating a snail out of its shell
The limpkin is a somewhat large bird, 64-73 cm in length, wingspan of 101-107 cm and weighing 1,080 g. The males are slightly larger than the females in size, but there is no difference in plumage. Its plumage is drab-dark brown with an olive lustre above. The feathers of the head, neck, wing coverts, and much of the back and under parts (except the rear) are marked with white, making the body look streaked and the head and neck light gray. It has long, dark-gray legs and a long neck. Its bill is long, heavy, and down curved, yellowish bill with a darker tip.
The Limpkin (also called carrao, courlan, and crying bird), Aramus guarauna, is a bird that looks like a large rail but is skeletally closer to cranes. It is the only extant species in the genus Aramus and the family Aramidae. It is found mostly in wetlands in warm parts of the Americas, from Florida to northern Argentina. It feeds on molluscs, with the diet dominated by apple snails of the genus Pomacea. Its name derives from...