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Short-billed Dowitcher

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About the Short-billed Dowitcher

Also known as: American Dowitcher, Common Dowitcher, Eastern Dowitcher

The Short-billed Dowitcher is a medium-sized species of shorebird found in the Americas. This species, along with the very similar Long-billed Dowitcher, is migratory.

The two North American dowitcher species are hard to tell apart -- their plumage is highly variable and often ID clues can apply to one species or the other. There is even overlap in bill size!

Though the population trend for the Short-billed Dowitcher is decreasing, the range and population remains large and the conservation status is Least Concern as of March 2014.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 April 2014
Scientific Name Limnodromus griseus
  • Charadriiformes
  • Scolopacidae
  • Limnodromus
  • L. griseus
Birdorable Family Plovers & Shorebirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
9.8 to 11.4 inches
17.7 to 20.1 inches
2.3 to 5.4 ounces

International Names

  • Maçarico-de-costas-brancas (Brazilian)
  • 短嘴半蹼鹬 (Chinese)
  • slukovec krátkozobý (Czech)
  • Kortnæbbet Sneppeklire (Danish)
  • Kleine Grijze Snip (Dutch)
  • rämekurppelo (Finnish)
  • Bécassin roux (French)
  • Kleiner Schlammläufer (German)
  • Limnodromo beccocorto (Italian)
  • アメリカオオハシシギ [amerikaoohashishigi] (Japanese)
  • Kortnebbekkasinsnipe (Norwegian)
  • szlamiec krótkodzioby (Polish)
  • Американский (Russian)
  • Agujeta Gris (Spanish)
  • Kortnäbbad beckasinsnäppa (Swedish)