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Asian Dowitcher - BirdForum Opus

Limnodromus semipalmatus
Photo by kctsang
Singapore, September 2006


Black and white barred pattern on tail, dark legs and a long straight dark bill with a slightly bulbous tip.
Breeding: Brown upperparts, reddish underneath.
The winter plumage is largely grey.

Photo by Romy Ocon
Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines, March 2010

Similar Species

Asian Dowitchers look very similar to the Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits which they tend to form flocks with. The dowitcher is slightly smaller and the bill is diagnostic, being perfectly straight with a slight bulb at the tip, as opposed to the tapering bill of the godwit (and the slightly curved bill of the bar-tailed godwit). The dowitcher bill also does not have any traces of pink, wheras godwit bills (especially bar-tailed godwit) often do.


Breeds in Siberia and Manchuria; winters to southern Asia and northern Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Grassy wetlands and coasts during migration and wintering.



These birds forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud. The diet includes insects, molluscs, crustaceans and marine worms, and some plant material.


It breeds in small colonies. Eggs are usually laid between late-May and early-June. The nest is a shallow depression on bare ground or in vegetation.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BirdLife International

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