Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Least Concern

Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa)


French: Barge marbrée German: Marmorschnepfe Spanish: Aguja canela

Scolopax Fedoa


, 1758,

Hudson Bay, Canada


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. f. beringiae Gibson & Kessel, 1989 – Alaska Peninsula from Ugashik Bay to Port Heiden; winters on Pacific coast of USA from Washington to C California.
  • L. f. fedoa (Linnaeus, 1758) – C Alberta, S Saskatchewan and S Manitoba S in USA to SC Montana, North Dakota and W Minnesota, also SW James Bay (in SE Hudson Bay); winters from California and the Carolinas S to Panama, with occasional records S to Venezuela and Colombia to Chile.
  • Descriptive notes

    42–48 cm; male 278–396 g, female 312–510 g; wingspan 70–80 cm. Fairly large cinnamon-buff godwit, with cinnamon wingbar and underwing; buff underparts... read more


    Three main calls described from breeding grounds, namely: a loud “ger-WHIT”, with five calls in c.7... read more


    Wet meadows and grassland near pools on prairies and coastal marshland including wet tundra/open... read more

    Food and feeding

    Mainly insects, also bivalves. On breeding grounds and autumn migration, takes insects (e.g. Diptera, Chironomidae larvae, Orthoptera... read more


    Lays early May to Jun, with arrival on breeding grounds ranging from mid Apr in North Dakota, later further N. Monogamous and both sexes... read more


    Relatively short-distance migrant, but has been recorded at high altitude (3·7 km). Adults... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Total of at least 174,000 birds estimated with moderate confidence in 2012. Largest of three subpopulations comprises 170,000 birds... read more

    Recommended citation

    Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P., Kirwan, G.M. & Sharpe, C.J. (2020). Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa). 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 25 February 2020).