French: Bécassin roux German: Kleiner Schlammläufer Spanish: Agujeta gris
J. F. Gmelin
Long Island, New York, USA
Subspecies and Distribution
L. g. caurinus
Pitelka, 1950 – S Alaska, S Yukon and NW British Columbia; winters on Pacific coast from C USA to S Peru and Galapagos Is#R.
L. g. hendersoni
Rowan, 1932 – C Alberta to S Nunavut (SE Keewatin), C Manitoba and N Ontario; winters from SE USA to Panama.
L. g. griseus
(J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – NE Canada from James Bay through C Quebec to W Labrador; winters on Atlantic coast from S USA and West Indies to Brazil.
25–29 cm; 65–154 g; wingspan 45–51 cm. Snipe-like bill, godwit-like plumage. Very similar to slightly larger, bulkier and marginally longer-legged L.... read more
Call, given frequently in flight and useful for identifying this species from similar L.... read more
Muskegs, wet sedge meadows and bogs with low vegetation, also swampy coastal tundra. On migration,... read more
Food and feeding
On breeding grounds chiefly larvae and pupae of Diptera, also snails, beetles and adult insects and sometimes plant material, particularly... read more
Nests late May to Jul. Monogamous. Pairs form on breeding grounds. Nest scrape (10–13 cm wide by 4·5 cm deep) well hidden in... read more
Long-distance migrant. Race caurinus moves down Pacific coast, some birds inland through W... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population has been estimated at c. 320,000 birds, of which hendersoni thought to comprise 60,000 individuals, ... read more
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