similar to its close relative, the Short-billed Dowitcher, with only a slightly
longer bill. Major differences lie in their different voices and their
habitat preference, as the Long-billed Dowitcher prefers freshwater, while the
Short-billed Dowitcher is more often found in saltwater. The photo at the
right shows a breeding plumage bird. Photos below also show a
Habitat: Mudflats, flooded fields and pastures,
marshes, sloughs, and shallow ponds.
Diet: Variety of items depending on location and season.
Will feed on insects and insect larvae, mollusks, crustaceans, and seeds of
aquatic and terrestrial plants.
Behavior: Forages deliberately in shallow water,
probing in the bottom mud with its bill.
Breeding: Non-breeder in South Dakota
Migration: Summers in extreme northern Alaska and northwestern
Canada. Winters along U.S. coasts, Mexico, and Central America.
Conservation Status: Populations trends are
increasing in some locations.
Cornell University's "All About Birds - Long-billed Dowitcher"
Photo Information: May 3rd, 2005 -- Lake
Thompson -- Terry Sohl
Additional Photos: Click on the image chips or
text links below for additional, higher-resolution Long-billed Dowitcher photos.