HUDSONIAN GODWIT – (Limosa haemastica)
The Hudsonian godwit is a fairly large shorebird at a length of approximately 38 cm (15 in.), and is part of the sandpiper family. The legs are dark and the bill is pinkish with a dark tip. The top parts are mottled medium brown, the head has a dark cap and the tail is black. The under parts are light grey in non-breeding plumage.
Hudsonian godwits have a specialized, slightly curved upwards, bill to forage in the mud for insects and crustaceans (hence the Latin name ‘limosa’, which means ‘mud’).
The Hudsonian godwit is fairly common in PEI in the summer and the fall when it is migrating from its breeding areas in the Arctic. Its wintering range is in the southern part of South America. The Hudsonian godwit is not well known due to the remoteness of its breeding and wintering ranges.
The Hudsonian godwit is not well known due to the remoteness of its breeding and wintering ranges.