Foto: Cecilia Alvarez
Being in a new environment allowed us to pick up a lot of new trip birds on our last morning at Cockscomb, including this Limpkin. In fact, we ended the morning with a day list of 73 species, which was second only to the Mtn. Pine Ridge day.
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...