Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)


Taxonomy

French: Bécassin roux German: Kleiner Schlammläufer Spanish: Agujeta gris
Taxonomy:

Scolopax grisea

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Long Island, New York, USA

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Closely related to L. scolopaceus, with which formerly considered conspecific. Three subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    25–29 cm; 65–154 g; wingspan 45–51 cm. Snipe-like bill, godwit-like plumage. Very similar to L. scolopaceus, but bill tends to be shorter; foreneck... 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

    Breeding

    Nests late May to Jul. Monogamous. Nest well hidden in soggy grass or sedge cover, near standing water. Usually 4 eggs (3–5);... read more

    Movements

    Long distance migrant. Race caurinus moves down Pacific coast, some birds inland through W... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Total population exceeds 100,000 birds, possibly several 100,000's; no estimates available for populations of different races. Declining trends... read more

    Recommended citation

    Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Bonan, A. (2013). Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2013). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/53885 on 23 October 2014).