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Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa ORDER: CHARADRIIFORMES FAMILY: SCOLOPACIDAE

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.

At a GlanceHelp

Measurements
Both Sexes
Length
16.5–18.9 in
42–48 cm
Weight
10.1–16 oz
285–454 g
Other Names
  • Barge marbrée (French)
  • Picopando canelo (Spanish)

Cool Facts

  • Nests of the Marbled Godwit are not easily found, as these birds do not readily flush off of their eggs. Incubating adults can sometimes be picked up from the nest.
  • The Marbled Godwit was long regarded as showing no noticeable geographic variation until measurements of birds breeding in Alaska showed these populations to have shorter wings and legs than Great Plains godwits.

Habitat


Marsh

Breeds in marshes and flooded plains, in migration and winter also on mudflats and beaches.

Food


Insects

Nesting

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size
3–5 eggs
Condition at Hatching
Active and covered with down.
Nest Placement

Ground

Behavior


Probing

Conservation

status via IUCN

Least Concern

Declined dramatically in 1800s. Current populations appear stable, but this species is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.

Credits

  • Gratto-Trevor, C. L. 2000. Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa). In The Birds of North America, No. 492 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.

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