The long-billed dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) is a medium-sized shorebird. The genus name Limnodromus is Ancient Greek from limne, "marsh" and dromos, "racer". The specific scolopaceus is New Latin for "snipe-like", from Latin scolopax, scolopacis, a snipe or woodcock. The English name is from Iroquois and was first recorded in 1841.
Adults have yellowish legs and a long straight dark bill. The body is dark brown on top and reddish underneath with spotted throat and breast, bars on flanks. The tail has a black and white barred pattern. The winter plumage of both an adult and a juvenile is largely grey.
These birds forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud. They mainly eat insects, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.
They are more likely to be seen near fresh water than the short-billed dowitcher.
- BirdLife International (2012). "Limnodromus scolopaceus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
- Jobling, James A (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. p. 227, 351. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
- "Dowitcher". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
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- Long-billed dowitcher - Limnodromus scolopaceus - USGS Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter
- Long-billed dowitcher species account - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Long-billed dowitcher videos, photos, and sounds at the Internet Bird Collection
- Long-billed dowitcher photo gallery at VIREO (Drexel University)
- Interactive range map of Limnodromus scolopaceus at IUCN Red List maps
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