Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Marbled Godwit

Marbled Godwit - Limosa fedoa

The Marbled Godwit is the most common large shorebird in Alberta.

Most scolopacids (shorebirds) breed at higher latitudes in Alberta. However, the Marbled Godwit is one of the five species of shorebirds that breed further south in freshwater wetlands in the Great Central Basin of North America. The other four are the Long-billed Curlew, Willet, Upland Sandpiper, and Wilson's Phalarope. The Spotted Sandpiper breeds along the sides of a river or lakeshore. 
The dark tip of the bill is likely due to the presence of melanin, a chemical that hardens feathers and bills.

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Tudge Colin. The Bird. Crown Publishers. New York. 2008.

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