Short-billed Dowitcher Identification

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Adult Description

  • A medium-sized shorebird with a bill twice as long as its head.
  • Moderately long, pale legs.

Immature Description

Juvenal plumage with buffy chest and flanks, less spotting and barring than breeding adults. Back feathers dark centered with broad buffy edges, giving a slightly scaly appearance. Tertials dark with orange pattern inside ("tiger-striped").
Relative Size

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  • Both Sexes
    • Length: 9.8-11.4 in (25-29 cm)
    • Weight: 3.2-4.2 oz (90-120 g)