Marbled Godwit

Basic Description

The Marbled Godwit is a large, long-billed shorebird that measures about 18 inches in length and has a wingspan of up to 30 inches. This bird has a unique appearance, with a mottled brownish-gray body and cinnamon-colored head and chest.

Where To Find This Bird

Marbled Godwits can be found throughout North America, from Alaska down to South America. During the breeding season, they are commonly found in the prairies of Canada and the upper Midwest United States. In the winter months, they migrate southward to coastal areas from California all the way down to Panama.


These birds typically inhabit open grasslands or wetlands, such as marshes or estuaries. They can also be found on sandy beaches during migration periods.


Marbled Godwits have an interesting feeding habit – they use their long bills to probe deep into mud or sand for prey such as insects, crustaceans, mollusks, and worms. They also eat small fish and seeds when available.

Cool Facts

– The Marbled Godwit is known for its extremely long bill – it’s one of the longest among North American shorebirds.
– These birds are highly migratory; some individuals may travel over 7,000 miles between their breeding grounds in Canada and wintering areas in Mexico.
– During mating season males perform aerial displays by flying high above females while making distinct calls.
– Despite being legally hunted until recently due to their excellent meat quality (especially during migrations), populations have remained relatively stable because Marbled godwits tend not congregate closely together like other wading birds do so hunting pressure remained low overall for each individual population group.

In conclusion:
The Marbled Godwit is an interesting bird with its unique appearance, feeding habits, and migration patterns. Despite being hunted in the past for their meat, populations have remained stable thanks to low hunting pressure overall. If you’re interested in spotting one of these birds, head to open grasslands or wetlands during breeding season – or coastal areas during migration periods!