The Marbled Godwit, the tallest of 4
species of godwit, is an American shore-bird breeding
on the plains of Canada and northern USA and wintering in
It has long dark legs and an extremely
long bill, pink-red with black, allowing it to reach worms
and molluscs deep in the sand or mud. The winter plumage
shown above is a brown, striped back with a paler, "marbled"
underside. The summer plumage is a red-brown underside with
dark bars for both males and females. Male has a brighter
red bill base; female is larger.
Size comparison: taller than the Willet.
All photos above were taken by Alexandra
Makhnina in Florida.