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    Short-billed Dowitcher

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    Short-billed Dowitcher

    Limnodromus griseus
    • ORDER: Charadriiformes
    • FAMILY: Scolopacidae
    Basic Description

    A medium to large shorebird with a long bill, the Short-billed Dowitcher is a common and conspicous migrant that uses a "sewing-machine" method of foraging across the mud flats. Its long bill is short only in comparison with the very similar Long-billed Dowitcher.

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    Other Names
    • Costurero Pico Corto (Spanish)
    • Bécassin roux (French)
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