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Long billed dowitcher

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Kingdom  Animalia
Order  Charadriiformes
Family  Scolopacidae
Scientific name  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Suborder  Scolopaci
Genus  Limnodromus
Higher classification  Dowitcher
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Similar  Dowitcher, Bird, Short‑billed dowitcher, Sandpiper, Greater yellowlegs

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The long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) is a medium-sized shorebird. The genus name Limnodromus is Ancient Greek from limne, "marsh" and dromos, "racer". The specific scolopaceus is New Latin for "snipe-like", from Latin scolopax, scolopacis, a snipe or woodcock. The English name is from Iroquois and was first recorded in 1841.


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Adults have yellowish legs and a long straight dark bill. The body is dark brown on top and reddish underneath with spotted throat and breast, bars on flanks. The tail has a black and white barred pattern. The winter plumage of both an adult and a juvenile is largely grey.

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Their breeding habitat is wet tundra in the far north of North America and eastern Siberia. They nest on the ground, usually near water.

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They migrate to the southern United States and as far south as Central America. Long-billed dowitcher is a rare but regular visitor to western Europe, with some individuals staying for long periods.

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These birds forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud. They mainly eat insects, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.

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They are more likely to be seen near fresh water than the short-billed dowitcher.

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