Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)


Taxonomy

French: Barge hudsonienne German: Hudsonschnepfe Spanish: Aguja café
Taxonomy:

Scolopax Hæmastica

Linnaeus

, 1758,

Hudson Bay

.

Closely related to L. limosa, and previously considered conspecific. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Locally from W & S Alaska and NW Canada to Hudson Bay. Winters on S South American Atlantic coast from S Brazil to Tierra del Fuego, and on Pacific coast from SC Chile (Chiloé I).

Descriptive notes

36–42 cm; male 196–266 g, female 246–436 g; wingspan 67–79 cm. Darkish godwit with slightly uptilted bill; face and throat whitish; breast, belly and... read more

Voice

Generally quiet during non-breeding season. On territories, gives a clear high-pitched, sometimes... read more

Habitat

Sedgy marshland near treeline in lowlands, close to coast or river. In winter and on migration,... read more

Food and feeding

On breeding gounds mainly Diptera larvae; also snails, beetles, adult insects and seeds. On breeding grounds, majority of stomach contents... read more

Breeding

Nests late May to Jul. Occasionally adjacent pairs nest within 200–300 m of one another. Pair formation occurs on breeding grounds.... read more

Movements

Long-distance migrant, with some evidence that birds from NC Canada and Alaska winter in different... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population c. 50,000 birds in 1980s or perhaps more, of which c. 14,000 breed in Alaska and the rest in Canada, with 50,000... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53889 on 22 October 2018).