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Photo © by Paulyoly
Rodman Dam, Palatka, Florida
Aramus guarauna


Photo © by bobsofpa
Myakka River State Park, Florida, USA, April 2017

56–71 cm (22-28 in)

  • Dark brown overall plumage
  • Gray head and neck
  • Back and upperwing coverts have bold white spots and streaks
  • Long legs and neck
  • Long, yellowish bill

Immature similar to adult, but paler. White-streaked underwing coverts visible in flight.
Sexes similar.


Southeast U.S., Central America to northern Argentina, Brazil, West Indies



There are 4 subspecies[1]


Open freshwater rivers, lake edges, mangroves, swamps and marshes.

Photo © by Stanley Jones
Cocha Blanco just off Río Madre de Dios south of Manu Lodge, Madre de Dios Department, Peru, September-2018



Their main diet consists of apple snails, but they also include other aquatic snails and mussels.


They nest on the ground. The clutch consists of about 4-8 olive-buff, brown blotched eggs. The nest is a platform of reeds and grass, lined with finer plant material. Incubation is by both sexes.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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