Long-billed Dowitcher Life History


Food Aquatic invertebratesAquatic invertebrates and insects.Back to top


Nest Placement

Nest Ground

Nest Description

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

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


Conservation Low ConcernThere is little information on Long-billed Dowitcher population trends. A 2012 study estimated 500,000 Long-billed Dowitcher in North America. Long-billed Dowitcher rates a 13 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score. The species is not on the 2016 State of North America's Birds' Watch List.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 no. 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.

Takekawa, John Y. and Nils D. Warnock. 2000. Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus), 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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