Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus)


French: Bécassin à long bec German: Großer Schlammläufer Spanish: Agujeta escolopácea

Limosa scolopacea


, 1822,

Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA


Closely related to L. griseus, with which formerly considered conspecific. Monotypic.


NE Siberia from R Yana E to Chukotskiy Peninsula (reported W to Taymyr Peninsula), St Lawrence I and coastal W & N Alaska E to Mackenzie R, and probably to Franklin Bay, Northwest Territories. Winters from S USA to Guatemala, and uncommonly to N South America; also rare winter visitor to S Japan.

Descriptive notes

24–30 cm; 88–144 g; wingspan 46–52 cm. Very similar to L. griseus, but pale-based bill and dull yellow or yellowish-green tarsi generally longer,... read more


Commonest call, given both from ground and in flight, is a high-pitched “keek” or “kik”, sounding... read more


Grassy or sedgy marshes and swamps on Arctic tundra, often on shores of shallow lakes, mainly in... read more

Food and feeding

Diptera larvae, beetles, small gastropods, crustaceans, seeds and even mosses or plant fibres, less frequently polychaete worms, with... read more


Nests late May to Aug. Monogamous. Density up to 7–14 pairs/km². Nest often near ponds or other wet areas, usually located in... read more


Migratory. Southward migration through North America in Jul–Oct; moves down Pacific coast,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total population numbers c. 500,000 birds, with up to c. 440,000 individuals of both this species and L. griseus recorded... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus). 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 on 17 March 2018).