Long-billed Dowitcher

General description.

Summer adults are fashioned in rusty underparts with barred breast & side. The white of the tail and rump extend, in a long point, up the back. A pale white eyebrow graces the head. In winter the Dowitcher plumage is gray. The Long-billed Dowitcher takes advantage of his probiscus to rapidly probe up and down like a "sewing machine" seeking marine life.

Breeding habits.

This Dowitcher breeds in the Alaskan Tundra, and visits freshwater habitats.

Calls or song.

A rapid, metallic "tu-tu-tu" or a single, thin "keek".

Population and distribution.

The Long-billed Dowitcher winters along the coasts from Washington and Virginia southward.

Nesting habits.

The male builds a grass and moss-lined nest on a marshy mound or tussock, then incubates the 4 olive eggs, spotted brown, that his mate lays. She will later return to the nest to help care for the young.

Similar birds:

Short-billed Dowitcher Photo Short-billed Dowitcher
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