Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Scolopacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult, Basic Plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Northwest Peru

Age: Adult, Basic Plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, Alternate Plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Age: Adult, Basic Plumage | Sex: Unknown | Loc. North America

Identification & Behavior: ~27.5 cm  (11 in). The Short-billed Dowitcher in basic plumage is gray with a pale belly. The alternate plumage is a warm rusty with dusky upperparts. It has a very long bill straight that resembles that of a Snipe, a Willet, or a Godwit. It has relatively short grayish legs. It favors mudflats where it forages by probing in the mud for invertebrate with its long bill. In flight, it shows a white rump and back.  In basic plumage is nearly identical to the Long-billed Dowitcher.

Status: The Short-billed Dowitcher is a common Boreal migrant along the coast of Peru during the months of September through April. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Br.

Name in Spanish: Agujeta de Pico Corto.

Sub-species: Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus caurinus), Pitelka 1950.

Meaning of Name: Limnodromus= Gr. Limne= a marsh and dromos= running or inhabitant. griseus= L. gray.

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Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum. on 01/01/2015.