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Limosa haemastica (Hudsonian Godwit)

Synonyms: Scolopax haemastica (homotypic)
Language: French; Spanish

Wikipedia Abstract

The Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica) is a large shorebird in the sandpiper family.Scolopacidae. The genus name Limosa is from Latin and means "muddy", from limus, "mud". The specific haemastica is from Ancient Greek and means "bloody". An 18th century name for this bird was red-breasted godwit. The English term "godwit" was first recorded in about 1416–7 and is believed to imitate the bird's call.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 15.6539
EDGE Score: 2.81264


Adult Weight [1]  255 grams
Birth Weight [3]  37.5 grams
Female Weight [5]  289 grams
Male Weight [5]  222 grams
Weight Dimorphism [5]  30.2 %
Breeding Habitat [2]  Boreal forests
Wintering Geography [2]  Southern Cone
Wintering Habitat [2]  Beaches and estuaries
Diet [4]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [4]  90 %
Diet - Plants [4]  10 %
Forages - Ground [4]  50 %
Forages - Water Surface [4]  50 %
Clutch Size [7]  4
Clutches / Year [1]  1
Fledging [1]  30 days
Global Population (2017 est.) [2]  77,000
Incubation [6]  23 days
Mating System [3]  Monogamy
Migration [8]  Intercontinental
Wing Span [6]  25 inches (.64 m)


Protected Areas

Important Bird Areas

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Atlantic Forest Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay No
Caribbean Islands Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Martinique, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent And The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks And Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands - British, Virgin Islands - U.S. No
Cerrado Brazil No
Chilean Winter Rainfall-Valdivian Forests Chile No

Prey / Diet

Darina solenoides[6]
Empetrum nigrum (black crowberry)[6]
Mytilus chilensis (Chilean mussel)[6]
Stuckenia pectinata (sago pondweed)[6]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Range Map

External References

NatureServe Explorer


Attributes / relations provided by
1Nathan P. Myhrvold, Elita Baldridge, Benjamin Chan, Dhileep Sivam, Daniel L. Freeman, and S. K. Morgan Ernest. 2015. An amniote life-history database to perform comparative analyses with birds, mammals, and reptiles. Ecology 96:3109
2Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Assessment Database, version 2017. Accessed on January 2018.
3Terje Lislevand, Jordi Figuerola, and Tamás Székely. 2007. Avian body sizes in relation to fecundity, mating system, display behavior, and resource sharing. Ecology 88:1605
4Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
5Jehl, JR Jr. & Murray, BG Jr. (1986). The evolution of normal and reversed sexual size dimorphism in shorebirds and other birds. Current Ornithology 3, 1–86
6del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
7Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
8Myers, P., R. Espinosa, C. S. Parr, T. Jones, G. S. Hammond, and T. A. Dewey. 2006. The Animal Diversity Web (online). Accessed February 01, 2010 at
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 Wildfinder Database
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License
Species taxanomy provided by GBIF Secretariat (2022). GBIF Backbone Taxonomy. Checklist dataset accessed via on 2023-06-13; License: CC BY 4.0