Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

LBDO

Code 6

LIMSCO

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Long-billed Dowitcher has a large range, estimated globally at 100,000 to 1,000,000 square kilometers. Native to Asia and the Americas and introduced to Europe, this bird prefers wetland and marine ecosystems. The global population of this bird is estimated at 500,000 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 Long-billed Dowitcher is Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Long-billed Dowitcher: This large, stocky sandpiper has dark, mottled upperparts, dark cap and eye stripe, short white eyebrow, and red-brown underparts with lightly barred flanks. The bill is long, dark and dagger-like, and the legs and feet are yellow-green. It feeds on insects and insect larvae, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms. Swift direct flight, rapid wing beats. Sexes are similar.

 

Range and Habitat

Long-billed Dowitcher: Breeds along the coast of western Alaska and northwestern Canada. Spends winters along the coast from Washington and Virginia south to Guatemala and throughout Mexico. During breeding season lives on tundra; found on mudflats, marshes, and edges of freshwater ponds and marshes during winter.

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Long-billed Dowitcher SONGS AND CALLS

Long-billed Dowitcher A1

Song is a high-pitched "peet, peet-ter-wee-too".

Long-billed Dowitcher A2

Song variation.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Keek"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Long-billed Dowitcher is more likely to be seen near fresh water than the Short-billed Dowitcher.
  • Their bills are full of nerve endings, which are useful for sensing prey. They walk along slowly, lifting their heads up and down like a sewing machine.
  • 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

Imran Kahn

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UnderpartsX

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

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
CapX
The area on top of the head of the bird.
EyebrowX
Also called the supercilicum or superciliary it is the arch of feathers over each eye.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X