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Limpkin: Aramidae

Conservation Status

Limpkins are not considered threatened at the present, although they have been designated a "species of special concern" in Florida, the only place in the United States where they occur. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century, limpkins were almost hunted to extinction in the U.S. for their meat. Protection since then has allowed many populations to recover. At present, many limpkin populations are again declining due to damage and destruction of the wetland habitats they require.



del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott, and J. Sargatal, eds. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 3, Hoatzin to Auks. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions, 1996.

Eckert, A. W. The Wading Birds of North America (North of Mexico). New York: Weathervane, 1981.

Perrins, Christopher, ed. Firefly Encyclopedia of Birds. Buffalo, NY: Firefly Books, 2003

Web sites:

"Aramidae (Limpkin)." The Internet Bird Collection. http://www.hbw.com/ibc/phtml/familia.phtml?idFamilia=44 (accessed on April 25, 2004)

"Family Aramidae (Limpkin)." Animal Diversity Web. http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/classification/Aramidae.html#Aramidae (accessed on April 25, 2004)

"Limpkin." Bird Families of the World, Cornell University. http://www.es.cornell.edu/winkler/botw/aramidae.html (accessed on April 25, 2004)

Additional topics

Animal Life ResourceBirdsLimpkin: Aramidae - Physical Characteristics, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Conservation Status - GEOGRAPHIC RANGE, HABITAT, LIMPKINS AND PEOPLE