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MARBLED GODWIT (Limosa fedoa)  Moss Landing, California | by avicentric
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MARBLED GODWIT (Limosa fedoa) Moss Landing, California

The Marbled Godwit, Limosa fedoa, is a large shorebird.

 

Adults have long blue-grey hairy legs and a very long pink bill with a slight upward curve and dark at the tip. The long neck, breast and belly are pale brown with dark bars on the breast and flanks. The back is mottled and dark. They show cinnamon wing linings in flight.

 

Their breeding habitat is the northern prairies of western Canada-(Canadian Prairies), and the north central Great Plains, United States near marshes or ponds. They nest on the ground, usually in short grass.

 

In autumn, they migrate in flocks to the coasts of California, the Gulf of Mexico, Mexico and South America.

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Taken on July 11, 2010