|Aramus guarauna||Order: Gruiformes||Family: Aramidae (Limpkin)|
This bird, once in danger because of its dependence on the declining apple snails found in the Florida Everglades, is doing well now that an invasive exotic apple snail (one very destructive of sawgrass and other essential vegetation of the Everglades) has taken over. Florida’s exotic pet trade is to blame, but at least Limpkins and Snail Kites are benefitting, for now. I’ve also seen Limpkins devouring bivalves now, so they seem to be expanding their food preferences a bit.
Laura's Published Works
- Limpkin 2019