The limpkin (Aramus guarauna) name derives from how this leggy birds seems to limp as it walks across uneven wetland surfaces. In English, the limpkin is also called crying bird. In other languages, it is sometimes named after its call, like carau and guareao. it looks like a large rail, but is skeletally closer to cranes. It is usually found in freshwater wetlands, swamps and mangroves, in warm parts of the Americas, from Florida to northern Argentina. Its apple-snail diet is a major factor that determines where limpkins live. Limpkins are the only living species in the family Aramidae.