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Marbled Godwits are large shorebirds that have a slightly upturned bill with a dark tip and pinkish base, long legs, and are rich buff-brown all over. In addition to having cinnamon wing linings and an orangish stripe in their wings, their breeding plumage consists of barring across their chest. Nonbreeding plumage consists of a plain breast, and juveniles look similar to nonbreeding adults.

References cited in Species Profile

  • Alexander, S. A., K. A. Hobson, C. L. Gratto-Trevor, and A. W. Diamond. 1996.Conventional and isotopic determinations of shorebird diets at an inland stopover: the importance of invertebrates and Potamogeton pectinatus tubers. Can. J. Zool. 74:1057-1068.
  • Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 2015. Marbled Godwit. All About Birds. http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Marbled_Godwit/id
  • Dekker, D. 1976. Muskrat, Marbled Godwit and Willet feeding on sticklebacks at Beaverhill Lake. Alberta Nat. 6:184-185.
  • Gerstenberg, R. H. 1972. A study of shorebirds (Charadrii) in Humboldt Bay, California-1968 to 1969. Master's Thesis. Humboldt State College, Arcata, CA.
  • Gratto-Trevor, Cheri L. 2000. Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/492
  • Melcher, C.P., A. Farmer, and G. Fernandez. 2010. Version 1.2. Conservation Plan for the Marbled Godwit (Limosa fedoa). Manomet Center for Conservation Science, Manomet, Massachusetts.
  • Nowicki, T. 1973. A behavioral study of the Marbled Godwit in North Dakota. Master's Thesis. Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant.
  • Pereira, A. I. 1996. The impact of foraging by sandpipers (Scolopacidae) on populations of invertebrates in the intertidal zone of Chomes Beach, Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica. Intl. Wader Stud. 8:44-51.
  • Ramer, B. A., G. W. Page, and M. M. Yoklavich. 1991. Seasonal abundance, habitat use, and diet of shorebirds in Elkhorn slough, California. West. Birds 22:157-174.
  • Recher, H. F. 1966. Some aspects of the ecology of migrant shorebirds. Ecology 47:393-407.
  • Timm, R. M. and R. M. Zink. 1977. Arthropods consumed by an immature Marbled Godwit. Prairie Nat. 9:11-12.

Scientific Name

Limosa fedoa
Common Name
Marbled Godwit
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