Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

SBDO

Code 6

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Short-billed Dowitcher has a large range, estimated globally at 1,400,000 square kilometers. Native to the Americas and nearby island nations, this bird prefers grassland, wetland and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 320,000 individuals and does not show signs of decline that would necessitate inclusion on the IUCN Red List. For this reason, the current evaluation status of the Short-billed Dowitcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Short-billed Dowitcher: This large sandpiper has mottled gray, black, brown and red-brown upperparts, white rump, red-brown underparts with spots and bars, a long, straight dark bill and long, dark yellow-green legs. East and west coast birds are heavier barred and spotted, paler underparts and often show white bellies. Diet includes insects and crustaceans. Strong direct flight. Sexes similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Short-billed Dowitcher: Breeds in southern Alaska, central interior Canada, and northern Quebec. Spends winters along coasts of California and Virginia southward along the Gulf Coast, West Indies, Baja Peninsula, and coastal Mexico. Preferred habitats include mudflats, creeks, salt marshes, and tidal estuaries.

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Short-billed Dowitcher SONGS AND CALLS

Short-billed Dowitcher FFF1

Harsh "tu-tu" calls from a bird in an aggressive encounter.

Short-billed Dowitcher FFF2

Song is a series of bubbly "tu-tu-tu" calls that rise and fall.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Tu-tu-tu"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The name of this bird can be somewhat misleading, as its bill is only short in comparison with the Long-billed Dowitcher.
  • 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.
  • Until 1950, the Short-billed Dowitcher and Long-billed Dowitcher were considered to be one species.
  • A group of sandpipers has many collective nouns, including a "bind", "contradiction", "fling", "hill", and "time-step" of sandpipers.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Chris Vest

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Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
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