The Limpkin (Aramus guarauna), commonly known as Carrao, Courlan, or Crying Bird, is a bird that is found in marshes with some trees or scrub in the Caribbean, South America and southern Florida, USA.
The Limpkin is 26inches long with a 40 inch wingspan. It is drably plumaged brown with a grayer head and neck. It has long legs and neck, and a long, yellowish bill. It feeds on small aquatic life, principally snails.
This unobtrusive bird nests on the ground laying about six eggs. It has a loud wailing nocturnal call. This species is related to the cranes, but is placed in its own family.