Help-Loud Chirping/Crowing Bird At Sunset until Sunrise (South Florida)

I live in South Florida and I have a bird that looks like an Egret except Black up high in a tree across the canal that is soooooo loud and keeps me and my family up all night. He or she starts at Sunset and continues until Sunrise. Can anyone tell me what type of bird this may be, why is he making so much noise at night, and is it possible for him to move to another location. I appreciate any help with my musically challenged bird. lol


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Mar 13, 2016
LOUD Limpkin call
by: Peace Loving Bird Lover on a Lake

Simple solution for light sleepers: Put the gun away and get foam earplugs. :-)

Mar 13, 2016
LOUD Limpkin call
by: Bird Lover on a Lake

For those whose sleep is disturbed by loud bird calls.....foam ear plugs are the solution! :-)

Mar 13, 2016
Safe way is try 'Pavlov dog' method for any loud bird: toss stones (try slingshot) @ grass/water next to it each time it wails.
by: Anonymous, Mary

Wailing Limpkins in central FL too. We are all part of ecosystem. Since it's important for all us to co exist in nature, it's not acceptable to allow anyone or any animal to disrupt others for more than 1 hour for weeks/months. Safe way is try 'Pavlov dog' method for any loud bird: toss stones (try slingshot) @ grass/water next to it each time it wails. There are many lakes/swamps in Florida where they can nest without disturbing other peaceful beings/animals. Good luck.
Thanks & have great day. ☺

Mar 11, 2016
Crying Bird
by: Bobby

I have developed a rich hatred for this bird but am determined to find a creative solution. He has been keeping up our family for weeks at all hours of the night. I plan to remove his food source, the Apple snails, from the edges of the water. I also will try owl statues and loud audio of predatory birds hoping to scare it off. Anything else I can try?

May 05, 2015
loud annoying birds from dusk til dawn.
by: Anonymous

These birds don't look like the limpkin picture. They also don't have the loud distinctive Kee-ow sound described on the enature website. I'm also much further north in Jacksonville , Florida. I want to know what this bird is so I can find a natural deterrent solution. Since I'm a nature lover, I've been trying to find a solution but have failed so far. Like one of the other people said, and I agree, shooting the birds is wrong and possibly a federal offence depending on the species. I made a trip to the gun store, but not for a gun. For the gun earplugs. They protect against the highest decibels of noise. Better then the ones for airplanes, you find in the pharmacy. You can find large orange ones from Winchester in the gun aisle at Wal-Mart, fairly cheap. $2-$3. But they are big, and uncomfortable if you have dainty little feminine ears like I do. Go to the gun store and buy Howard Leighton for women. They are pink and even come with a tiny plastic pocket sized caddy to keep them clean. You get several pairs for about $5-$6 dollars. Or go to They work great for Monday mornings when the lawn care people come through my apartment complex too. My 2nd effective thing has been a cheap knockoff supersoaker water gun. It shoots a waterstream of about 40 feet. It effectively scares the bird away to a tree far away, to bother some other unfortunate person. I never shoot the water directly at the bird, just in the branches around it to scare it away. I would like to know what this bird is for a more effective solution. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

May 04, 2015
Birds are annoying
by: Anonymous

This stupid bird wakes me up 6 months out of the year with his chirping. Chirps for half hour at sunset too. I hate this bird. I wish it would get hit a live wire or something.

Jan 25, 2015
Screeching is a mild term!
by: Anonymous

I have a pair that build a nest about 20 yards from my patio and they have been screeching for about two weeks! there is one in my yard doing her thing as I write this! I am used to the disturbance on an otherwise calm and beautiful lakeside view! I wish I could say they will stop but as another person noted, once they have their chicks, they will be screeching to keep the osprey away. I have watched them agonizing over the loss of their young and it is so sad. last year, there were 6 chicks who made it out of the nest and on their way! so lovely! But, does that mean they will ALL return to my serene haven??

Jun 29, 2014
how to sleep over loud chirping
by: Anonymous

I live in Ormond Bch Fl. I have the same loud chirping all night long. From march thru april? I don't think so Its the end of june and still going strong. My advise, turn on relaxing music or a show on tv to drown out the sound. So9me nights it puts me to sleep on the nights its aggravating I cover it with music or tv. Good luck.

May 29, 2014
You described it just like I would!
by: Anonymous

I get the exact sound at my home in Jacksonville, Fl. It sounds like it's just one bird but that Chirp over and over again all night long drives me crazy. The sound comes right into the house. It is hard to fall asleep while hearing that chirp. I can never see it but I can hear it.

Apr 26, 2014
Never heard anything like it!!
by: Disgusted

It started about 2 weeks ago. 3 AM to about 5:30 AM. It sounds like 2 birds--mating probably. I have never heard so many different sounds come out of a bird. I am going crazy. I can't take this anymore. I have lost my attraction to birds!!

Apr 01, 2014
Screeching not chirping!
by: Anonymous

the limpkins are in full mating form this week! screeching day and night! it is annoying but it is worse later ... After they have had their chicks stolen buy an osprey or other hawk. it happens every year and I am always so sad for them! be patient! They're doing what comes naturally!

Aug 20, 2013
need sleep
by: Anonymous

Unfortunately, the loud sounds do not last for only a short period of has been all night long for months. I don't really find beauty in the's pretty obnoxious. If you heard your neighbor making obnoxious noises while they were mating for months on end all night long, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't find it so beautiful. I'm all for ensuring the survival of the species so long as they can lay off the obnoxious noises. :)

Mar 12, 2013
by: Anonymous

Limpkins are a protected species and if you shoot one or harm them in any way, that is a federal offense, punishable by jail. Please don't joke about animal cruelty. The loud calls should only last for a short period of time, and if you think about the beauty of the ritual, mating season, then they set up their nests and have babies, it's a small sacrifice that we humans can make to ensure the survival of a lovely species. Try to get the foam-type earplugs, they will help.

Jan 21, 2013
up all night
by: Anonymous

we just moved to boynton from up north and we have been awake every night from this darn bird. Crazy but thank god we only hear one. My husband calls it the "bird bastard" LOL we are moving about 1/8 mile away in March and we hope we don't hear any at our new house. Is there anyone we can call? besides birdbusters.. Think I might have to get a BB gun or a slingshot and sit out at night and wait for it.. sounds awful. It sounds like it's ready to die and we wish it would already. The first night we heard it we thought it sounded like an old witch screaming in the tree. Like a horror movie. Where's a Gator when you need one?

Apr 05, 2012
Get earplugs!
by: Heather

I am also annoyed at night by all the racket but the birds live here too and have just as much right to do so... We were there ones who moved into their habitat... So earplugs and tolerance are in order for the creatures who share the earth with us, not shooing or relocating. Birds have been migrating through this area way longer than people have even been around to observe them...

Jun 19, 2011
He's Back
by: Anonymous

I suffered through what I now understand to be (at least I thought) Limpkin mating season around March/April. Well he's back after only a month! What I can't figure out is why the hundred or Ibis and Egrets that spend the night in our Poinciana don't get sick of him too and drive him off.

Jun 04, 2011
by: Anonymous

the birds are in the NATURE PRESERVE AT TRADEWINDS Prk in coconut creek & all the homes adjacent are plagued by this. i am going to contact the park & see what i can find out about them & getting relocated LOL ON THAT
some say its only during mating season which hopefully will end soon

May 17, 2011
going nuts
by: Betty

I am now glad I know what kind of bird is making my nights feel like they will never end. Our canals are not that wide so it seems like the screeching is right in my bed room. Is there a way to nicely make these birds go some where else?

Apr 05, 2011
by: Amy

Thank you to the writer that identified the bird as the Limpkin!!!
I am now printing a picture of it and attaching it to my dartboard :)

Mar 30, 2011
limpkin or heron its still noisy
by: Anonymous

I live in coconut creek south florida and have the same problem on a lake. How do you shooo these birds away? legally?

Mar 14, 2011
Horrible Sound
by: Anonymous

We have the same thing - it's a Limpkin. Check out this link for the sound to see if you're having the same issue:


Mar 06, 2011
Black-Crowned Night Heron?
by: Jason

From your description I think it might be a Black-Crowned Night Heron. Very noisy bird and nocturnal. Hope this helps.


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