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Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: SCOLOPACIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A long-billed shorebird recognizable for both its distinctive profile and sewing machine-like feeding action, the Long-billed Dowitcher is most common west of the Mississippi.

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Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
11.4 in
29 cm
Weight
3.2–4.6 oz
90–131 g
Other Names
  • Bécassin à long bec (French)
  • Costurero pico largo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Most Siberian breeding Long-billed Dowitchers likely migrate to the Americas during the winter.
  • Although both sexes share incubation of the eggs, only the male takes care of the young once they hatch.

Habitat


Marsh

Food


Insects

Aquatic invertebrates and insects.

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Egg Description
Light olive-greenish or bluish with brown spotting, denser at the large end.
Condition at Hatching
Downy chicks able to walk immediately, leave nest when all are hatched. Not fed by parents.
Nest Description

A deep depression in grass or moss, lined with grasses and small leaves. Often damp at bottom.

Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Probes deeply into soft substances to the depth of the bill, sometimes submerging the head. Short jabbing and probing in distinctive "sewing machine" motion.

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Populations seem to be stable or increasing.

Credits

  • Takekawa, J. Y., and N. Warnock. 2000. Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus). In The Birds of North America, No. 493 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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