Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53898

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Ciconiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Limosa
Genus species:Limosa haemastica

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:33 cm
Identification:The Hudsonian godwit has a long upturned bill, black wings with white bases, a white rump, a dark tail and legs, gray upperparts, and white underparts.
Habitat:Tundra, mudflats, marshes
Diet:Omnivore: aquatic invertebrates, seeds, fruit
Reproduction:Nests, which hold the pair's four eggs, are built on the ground. Both parents incubate the eggs for 22-25 days. Soon after hatching, the chicks will find their own food but are still protected by their parents. Fledging occurs at 30 days of age.
Behavior:Each year, hudsonian godwits migrate from the Arctic to southern South America and back again. They can often be seen foraging with their heads completely underwater.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Northern North America
Central North America
Southern South America
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:short-legged wading bird
Hudsonian godwit
Godwits
Scolopacidae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Shore birds
Water birds