Marbled Godwit

Adults have long blue-grey hairy legs and a very long pink bill with a slight upward curve and dark at the tip. The long neck, breast and belly are pale brown with dark bars on the breast and flanks. The back is mottled and dark. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight.

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The Marbled Godwit is classified as Least Concern. Does not qualify for a more at risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.

The Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, is a large shorebird. Adults have long blue-grey hairy legs and a very long pink bill with a slight upward curve and dark at the tip. The long neck, breast and belly are pale brown with dark bars on the breast and flanks. The back is mottled and dark. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight. More

* Marbled Godwit Species Accounty - Cornell Lab of Ornithology * Marbled Godwit Information and Photos - South Dakota Birds and Birding * Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter * Marbled Godwit videos on the Internet Bird Collection * Marbled Godwit photo gallery - VIREO This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. More

Marbled Godwit Range MapView dynamic map of eBird sightings Field MarksHelp - * Adult nonbreedingPopOutZoom In Adult nonbreeding * © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology * Adult breedingPopOutZoom In Adult breeding * © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Fort Desoto, Florida, March More

Marbled Godwits are commonly seen in flocks with Whimbrels and Long-billed Curlews, both large and brown like the Marbled Godwit. The Marbled Godwit moves slowly, probing for food under the mud with its sensitive bill. It often inserts its entire bill into the mud, and its head is totally submerged at times. back to top Diet - In summer, Marbled Godwits eat insects, roots, and seeds. During migration, they may forage almost exclusively on tubers. More

Marbled Godwit with other birds at Gonzales Bay in Victoria. More

Marbled godwit in breeding plumage Marbled godwit in breeding plumage Alll photos on this web page More

* Marbled Godwit with Common Snipe Marbled Godwit with Common Sni... * Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa) & Willet (Tringa semipalmata) Marbled Godwits (Limosa fedoa)... * Marbled Godwits & Black-necked Stilts Marbled Godwits & Black-necke... More

Marbled GodwitThe marbled godwit is 18 inches tall. It has mottled gray, black and brown feathers on its upperside and a lighter color on its underside. The underside of its wings is a rusty-cinnamon brown. It has long legs and a long, upturned bill that is pink at the base and darker towards the end. Males and females are similar in appearance, but the male is a little smaller. More

Aspects of the topic marbled godwit are discussed in the following places at Britannica. Assorted References * description (in godwit (bird)) ...a smaller form, the Hudsonian godwit (L. haemastica), declined in population from overshooting to an estimated 2,000 survivors, but it may be reviving. The other North American form, the marbled godwit (L. More

Appearance: Outside the breeding season, the Marbled Godwit is a pale yellowish brown from face to under-tail. The upper parts are mottled black and buff. The head has a small mottled cap and weak eye line. The long, slightly upcurved bill has an orange tone from the base to about half its length, and then continues dark to the tip. The long legs are also dark. More

The Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa) has been identified as a focal species of management concern due to historical population declines and range contraction, small size of the global population, and ongoing threats in breeding in wintering habitats. More

Marbled Godwit: Breeds on the central plains from Saskatchewan to Minnesota. Spends winters on the coast from California and Virginia southward and along the Gulf coast. During breeding season, found on grassy plains and during migration, visits salt marshes, tidal creeks, mudflats, and sea beaches. More

Breeding distribution of the Marbled Godwit in the United States and southern Canada, based on Breeding Bird Survey data, 1985-1991. Scale represents average number of individuals detected per route per year. Map from Price, J., S. Droege, and A. Price. 1995. The Summer Atlas of North American Birds, Academic Press, London, England. 364 pages. - Keys to management include providing large expanses of short, sparse to moderately vegetated landscapes that include native grasslands and wetland complexes. More

Most Marbled Godwits breed on the Great Plains of North America. Smaller populations breed along the southern shores of Canada's Saint James Bay and the western end of the Alaska Peninsula. This shorebird winters coastally, from the Carolinas to southern Florida, and on the Gulf Coast from western Louisiana to the tip of the Yucatan Peninsula. On the Pacific Coast, the Marbled Godwit ranges from central California through Costa Rica. A legend for the range map to the right can be found here. More

General DescriptionThe Marbled Godwit is a large, long-legged shorebird with very long, slightly upturned bicolored bill and bright cinnamon underwings and remiges. Overall length 42 to 48 cm with bill 8 to 13 cm; mass 285 to 454 g. More

Marbled GodwitThe marbled godwit breeds on grassy plains, wet meadows, and prairie potholes, usually near rivers or streams. During migration it is found on coastal beaches and along lake shores. In the winter, it is found in estuaries, salt marshes, tidal creeks, mudflats, and ocean beaches. Diet Marbled GodwitThe marbled godwit forages for food by probing in shallow water and soft mud for aquatic insects and mollusks. It also catches grasshoppers and other insects in grassy areas. More

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Order : Charadriiformes
Family : Scolopacidae
Genus : Limosa
Species : fedoa
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1758)