Hudsonian Godwit

General description.

The Hudsonian Godwit's bill is notably orange with a black tip. His upper parts are mottled brown and underparts, an arresting "chestnut". His heavily barred tail has led to the old name bayshore men gave him, "Ring-tailed Marlin". In fall this bird's coloring turns to gray-backed and whitish-breasted.

Breeding habits.

The Hudsonian Godwit breeds on the mudflats in the Alaskan tundra.

Calls or song.

This bird is usually silent, but occasionally emits a low, "qua-qua" and sandpiper-like chattering.

Population and distribution.

This bird can be found in the Mississippi Valley in spring. Never common, the Hudsonian Godwit was once endangered; now protected, it can be seen in flocks of several dozen during Fall passage along the coast of the Northeast. It winters in the southern portion of South America.

Nesting habits.

The Godwit lays 4 olive eggs, spotted with black and brown in a hardly discernable nest on the ground.

Similar birds:

Marbled Godwit Photo Marbled Godwit
Whimbrel Photo Whimbrel
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