Living Bird Magazine
Short-billed DowitcherLimnodromus griseus
- ORDER: Charadriiformes
- FAMILY: Scolopacidae
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.More ID Info
- Agujeta Gris (Spanish)
- Bécassin roux (French)
- Cool Facts
- The nest and eggs of this species eluded discovery until 1906, and even that information was overlooked for a long while because they were attributed to the Long-billed Dowitcher. The nesting grounds of the eastern race were not discovered until the late 1950s.
- Although both sexes share incubation of the eggs, only the male takes care of the young once they hatch.
- The oldest recorded Short-billed Dowitcher was at least 13 years, 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Delaware.