limpkin

[limp-kin]
noun
a large, loud-voiced, wading bird, Aramus guarauna, intermediate in size and character between the cranes and the rails, of the warmer regions of America.

Origin:
1870–75, Americanism; limp1 + -kin; so called because of its jerky walk

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limpkin (ˈlɪmpkɪn)
 
n
Also called: courlan 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)
 
[C19: named from its awkward gait]

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limpkin

(species Aramus guarauna), large swamp bird of the American tropics, sole member of the family Aramidae (order Gruiformes). The bird is about 70 cm (28 inches) long and is coloured brown with white spots. The limpkin's most distinctive characteristics are its loud, prolonged, wailing cry and its peculiar halting gait. The species ranges the lowlands from the southeastern United States, Puerto Rico, and Hispaniola south to central Argentina

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They feast on many local species, including white ibis and limpkin, two types of wading birds.
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