Hudsonian Godwit Life History


Habitat ShorelinesBreeds on grassy tundra near water. Winters and migrates along marshes, beaches, flooded fields and tidal mudflats.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nesting Facts
Clutch Size:2-4 eggs
Condition at Hatching:Active and covered with down.
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Conservation Restricted RangeThere is little information on Hudsonian Godwit population trends. A 2012 study suggests that there are about 77,000 breeding birds split between western populations that appear stable, and eastern populations that are declining. The species rates a 14 out of 20 on the Contientnal Concern Score. Hudsonian Godwit is on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List, which includes bird species that are most at risk of extinction without significant conservation actions to reverse declines and reduce threats. Back to top


Andres, B. A., P. A. Smith, R. I. G. Morrison, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, S. C. Brown and C. A. Friis. (2012a). Population estimates of North American shorebirds, 2012. Wader Study Group Bulletin 119 (3):178-194.

Lutmerding, J. A. and A. S. Love. Longevity records of North American birds. Version 2015.2. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Bird Banding Laboratory 2015.

Sibley, D. A. (2014). The Sibley Guide to Birds, second edition. Alfred A. Knopf, New York, USA.

Walker, Brad M., Nathan R. Senner, Chris S. Elphick and Joanna Klima. (2011). Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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