The Limpkin – Created Special..

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Imm resting by Lee Lake Morton taken 10-21-11

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Imm resting by Lee Lake Morton taken 10-21-11

The Limpkin – Created Special.. – by a j mithra

The Limpkin is the only species in the family Aramidae and has no close relatives.

However, within the Gruiformes, similarities to both cranes and rails have long been noted.

The name Limpkin comes from the slightly awkward walk of the species. However, Limpkins are in fact strong runners. Limpkins are good swimmers and slow but strong fliers. The Limpkin flies like a crane, with short concave wings slowly flapping, neck extended, and legs dangling….

  • Your life maybe may be awkward and may not look pleasing to the others…
  • People may judge you by your looks, but still, you are precious for GOD…
  • Look at these birds, even though they are awkward walkers, they still are good swimmers and strong fliers..
  • You may be awkward in something, but, with GOD you are beautiful..
  • Your duty is to find out in what way you are special at…
  • David was just a shepherd boy but he brought down giant Goliath, a professional soldier, with just a pebble…
  • His brothers saw him as an awkward shepherd, but GOD saw him as a worthy winner..

“…….: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7)

At night, Limpkins tend to roost either in shrubs or in the tops of dead trees. Most Limpkins are not migratory, spending the entire year in one location. However, some South American Limpkin populations move between a wet season habitat and a dry season habitat.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Yawning by Lee Lake Morton

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) Yawning by Lee Lake Morton

Most Limpkins are solitary, they live alone. In some cases, limpkins may be found in pairs, usually male and female breeding partners, or in small groups. The Limpkin is found along borders of wooded streams, bayous, and sloughs, or in open marshes and sometimes in uplands, where it runs through brush with long strides or perches on small trees. Territorial males engage in aggressive, ritualistic confrontations that include charging, retreating, and loud calling.

Limpkins build their nests near water; most often, nests are built either on the ground, hidden in dense vegetation, or up in a tree. In some cases, nests may be 20 feet (6 meters) off the ground or even higher. Nests are built from reeds and grass and lined with softer plant material. Both male and female limpkins participate in all phases of reproductive activity, including nest-building, incubating the eggs, and feeding and caring for the young once they hatch. Limpkin chicks are able to leave the nest about one day after hatching, and follow one of the parents around until they become independent.

Apple Snail - (Ampullariidae, common name the apple snails) WikiC

Apple Snail - (Ampullariidae, common name the apple snails) WikiC

It feeds on mollusks, crustaceans, aquatic insects, frogs, and worms. The apple snail is important to the Limpkin’s diet.

Limpkins have several physical adaptations that help it deal with this prey. Since the apple snail’s shell curves to the right, Limpkins were created with a bill that also curves to the right, making it possible to insert the bill into the snail shell. The tip of the upper beak is sharpened to allow Limpkins to cut the snail out of the shell. Finally, Limpkins have a small gap in the bill which helps them carry and handle snails…

The favorite food of these birds is the apple snails whose shells curve to the right…

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) with Apple Snail - ©WikiC

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) with Apple Snail - ©WikiC

God loves these birds so much that he gives a bill which also curves to the right and has sharpened the tip of the upper beak to cut the snail out of the shell so that these birds may enjoy their favorite food..

This is an awesome example of how much care, GOD has taken for very little but very vital features needed for the survival of these birds, while creating them…

  • If GOD can take so much care to design the features of a small bird,
  • Don’t you think that HE would’ve already created all that you need for your survival?

“Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings: “(Jeremiah 32:19)

We at lees bird pray for all those visit us that GOD may,

Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel. (Psalm 29:4)

Have a blessed day!

Your’s in YESHUA,
a j mithra

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Lee’s Addition:

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna pictus) baby taken 9-12-11 by Lee

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna pictus) baby taken 9-12-11 by Lee

Limpkins belong to the Limpkin – Aramidae Family of the Gruiformes Order. There are four subspecies in the Aramus genus.

Limpkin (Aramus guarauna) by Dan at Saddle Creek
____ (Aramus guarauna pictus) found in Florida (USA), Cuba, Jamaica – baby by Lee
____ (Aramus guarauna elucus) found in Hispaniola, Puerto Rico
____ (Aramus guarauna dolosus) found in se Mexico to Panama – IBC
____ (Aramus guarauna guarauna) found in n South America to Paraguay and Argentina – IBC

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