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Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
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Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)

General Description: Short-billed Dowitchers (Limnodromus griseus) are medium-sized shorebirds with differing summer and winter plumage. Dowitchers are recognized by their size; rotund appearance; extremely long, straight bills; and feeding behavior (like a sewing machine -- rapidly pushing their bill deep into the mud, sometimes putting their face in the water). The lower back is white.

During winter, Short-billed Dowitchers are gray overall with a distinct, light eyebrow line. During summer, they are reddish overall except for the pale eyebrow line, and the sides of the breast are streaked rather than barred.

It is very difficult to tell Long-billed Dowitchers from Short-billed Dowitchers, but Short-bills are quite rare around Las Vegas.

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)

Taxonomy: Charadriiformes, Scolopacidae, Scolopacinae.

Favored Habitat: Mud flats and salt marshes.

Where to Find: Don't look for Short-billed Dowitchers around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them on the coast during winter. However, it is always worth keeping an eye out for this rare Las Vegas species at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley, and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.


Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus)
Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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