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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Birds of Point Pelee National Park

Image of: Godwit, Marbled
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Godwit, Marbled (Local Rarety)
-Limosa fedoa (Linnaeus)

Godwits are very large shorebirds with very long slender bills (slightly upturned or straight) and long legs. (American Avocet and Black-necked Stilt are also large with upturned bills but are coloured entirely differently. Curlews have downcurved bills). The Marbled Godwit, our largest godwit, is a buffy-brown bird with much pinkish cinnamon in the plumage, especially the wings. It is distinguished from the Hudsonian Godwit and the Black-tailed Godwit (of accidental occurrence in Canada) in any plumage by its lack of white upper tail coverts, lack of white wing stripe, and its larger size.