Living Bird Magazine
Marbled GodwitLimosa fedoa
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
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.More ID Info
- Picopando Canelo (Spanish)
- Barge marbrée (French)
- 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.
- The oldest known Marbled Godwit was at least 13 years, 4 months old when it was found in California, the same state where it had been banded.