Living Bird Magazine
Hudsonian GodwitLimosa haemastica
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
A large shorebird with a long, upturned bill, the Hudsonian Godwit breeds in the Arctic and winters in southern South America. Its remote breeding and wintering grounds have kept it one of the least well known of American shorebirds.More ID Info
- Picopando del Este (Spanish)
- Barge hudsonienne (French)
- Cool Facts
- After breeding, the Hudsonian Godwit undertakes a migration from the subarctic to southern South America, in which it apparently makes nonstop flights of several thousand miles.
- Newly hatched Husonian Godwit chicks can swim across pools and slow-flowing streams. Adults swim well.
- The oldest recorded Hudsonian Godwit was a male, and at least 6 years, 1 month old when he was shot in Ontario in 2013. He had been banded in Manitoba in 2008.