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It forages by probing through mud and grass for a variety of small prey, vocalizing harsh, clattering kek-kek-kek sounds in rapid succession. It is a relatively thin rail with a long, slightly decurved bill. The plumage is gray-brown above with a pale rust breast and barred flanks. The illustration shows an adult. LIMPKINS Limpkin, Aramus guarauna Family Aramidae (Limpkin) Size: 26” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Shallow wetlands with vegetation Named for its slow walking gait, which resembles a limp, the Limpkin looks somewhat like a small crane.
The head is boldly patterned white and black, and the male sports a red nape patch. The base of the bill joins the head with fluffy nasal tufts. Juveniles may show some red on the forehead and crown. It forages for berries and insects in the bark and smaller twigs of trees. The very similar Hairy Woodpecker is larger with a longer bill and more aggressive foraging behavior, sticking to larger branches and not clinging to twigs. The illustration shows an adult male. 5” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Old-growth pine forests The Red-cockaded Woodpecker nests only in mature pine trees, and is therefore rare and declining in numbers as it loses this habitat to development.
It has a long neck, long legs, and a long, decurving bill. Its plumage is dark brown with white streaking down the head and neck and onto the front half of the body. In flight it holds the neck extended below the body creating a humpbacked appearance. Limpkins forage by walking steadily or swimming, picking out mollusk, apple snails, and other aquatic invertebrates. Its voice is a loud, raucous call. The illustration shows an adult. indd 29 11/17/11 12:18 PM Sandhill Crane, Grus canadensis PLOVERS Family Gruidae (Cranes) Size: 45” Season: Year-round in Florida Habitat: Fields, shallow wetlands, savanna The Sandhill Crane is tall bird with long, strong legs, a long neck, and a long, straight bill.