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    Marbled Godwit Life History

    Habitat

    Habitat MarshesBreeds in marshes and flooded plains, in migration and winter also on mudflats and beaches.Back to top

    Nesting

    Nest Placement

    Nest Ground

    Nesting Facts
    Clutch Size:3-5 eggs
    Condition at Hatching:Active and covered with down.
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    Behavior

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    Conservation

    Conservation Restricted RangeOverall, after dramatic declines in the 1800s, Marbled Godwit populations were stable between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. However, the species has significantly increased in some areas, and declined in others, with Canada populations experiencing the greatest declines. A 2012 study estimates a total North American breeding population of 174,000. Marbled Godwit is on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List, which lists species most in danger of extinction without significant conservation action.Back to top

    Credits

    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.

    Gratto-Trevor, Cheri L. 2000. Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

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

    North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

    Sauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, J. E. Fallon, K. L. Pardieck, Jr. Ziolkowski, D. J. and W. A. Link. The North American Breeding Bird Survey, results and analysis 1966-2013 (Version 1.30.15). USGS Patuxtent Wildlife Research Center 2014b. Available from http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/.

    Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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