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Marbled Godwit


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large shorebird with a long, upturned bill, the Marbled Godwit breeds in the center of the continent and winters along the coasts. It breeds in the northern prairies, amongst grasslands and scattered wetlands.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

Large shorebird. Long, slightly upturned bill with dark tip and pinkish base. Long legs. Rich buff-brown all over. Cinnamon wing linings. Orangish stripe in wings. Breeding plumage with barring across chest. Nonbreeding plumage with plain breast.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to nonbreeding adult.

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  • Adult Nonbreeding

    Marbled Godwit

    Adult Nonbreeding
    • © BA Bowen, Honeymoon State Park, Florida, October 2011
  • Adult Nonbreeding

    Marbled Godwit

    Adult Nonbreeding
    • © Gary Tyson, Chincoteague NWR, Virginia, September 2012
  • Adult Breeding

    Marbled Godwit

    Adult Breeding

Similar Species

  • Long-billed Curlew is similarly colored, but has long, down-curved bill.
  • Bar-tailed Godwit is slightly smaller, has a shorter bill, lacks bright cinnamon underwings, and is more reddish in breeding plumage and more gray in nonbreeding plumage.
  • Hudsonian Godwit is smaller, has shorter bill, is colored deep reddish or gray, has black tail, white rump, black underwings, and black-and-white pattern in wings.
  • Rare Black-tailed Godwit has white underwings, black tail, white rump, and black-and-white pattern in wings.