Birds of North Carolina:
their Distribution and Abundance
Limpkin - Aramus guarauna
Sole representative of ARAMIDAE in NC
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General Comments The Limpkin breeds locally over much of the Neotropics, ranging north to Florida. Within this wide range, it is generally non-migratory. Fortunately for states north of Florida, a few individuals, perhaps young of the year, stray northward a few hundred miles, and North Carolina, as expected, has a handful of records. Also as expected, most of these sightings come from habitats similar to that on the breeding grounds -- shorelines of wooded lakes, ponds, or slow-moving rivers, in the southeastern portion of the state. There is one far inland record, from 2015.
Breeding Status Nonbreeder
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Coastal Plain Casual (four records), in the southern Coastal Plain. One seen along the Waccamaw River, 7 Sep 1975* [Chat 40:94-95 link]; one seen at Smith Mill Pond (Bladen), 20 May 1983* [Chat 51:100 link]; one photographed near New Bern, 21 Jun - 1 Jul 1998* [Chat 63:83-84 link]; and one seen at Roan Island in the Cape Fear River, 13 Aug 1998 (not reviewed by the NC BRC).
Piedmont One record -- an individual was seen and photographed in coves in northern Lake Norman in Catawba and Iredell from 28 Jul - 16 Aug 2015* [Chat 79:180 link], [Chat 80:14 link], [Chat 80:31 link].
Mountains No records.
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Attribution LeGrand[2016-06-01], LeGrand[2015-12-31], LeGrand[2012-05-20]
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