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Photo © by notason
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, November, 2004
Limosa haemastica


36–42 cm (14¼-16½ in)

  • Slightly uptilted long pink bill (dark at tip)
  • Whitish face and throat
  • Mottled brown upperparts
  • Chestnut underparts
  • White rump
  • Black tail
  • Long dark legs


Photo © by notason
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada, November, 2004

Breeds in Alaska and Canadian Arctic; winters Atlantic coast of southern South America.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshy ground near lowland tree-line, close to coasts and rivers.



A marshy area is chosen for the well hidden nest. Adults will remain motionless on the nest until they are almost stepped on. At this point, they will fly up and begin calling at the intruder.

Clutches are usually made up of 4 olive-colored eggs with dark splotches. Both parents take turns incubating and will attend to young birds, who find their own food and are able to fly within a month of birth.

Photo © by eastwood
Reifel Bird Sanctuary, Ladner, British Columbia, Canada, August 2009


Males have an elaborate courtship flight during which they fly several hundred feet up and fly with slow dramatic wing beats, bringing their wings above their back into a high v, while calling.

Males also land atop trees within their territory to continue their calls and keep watch.


Diet during the breeding season includes insects, snails, beetles, larvae and seeds. Their winter diet is not well recorded.


Display call is a loud, screeching "gah-weet", repeated in a rhythmic fashion.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2015)
  3. Birdforum Member observations

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