is nothing short about the bill on the Short-billed
shore-bird breeding in Canada and Alaska and wintering in
the tropics of North, Central and South America.
bill is not even necessarily shorter than that of the
Long-billed Dowitcher. They are especially difficult to tell
apart in winter plumage, shown here, and as juveniles. In
summer plumage, the 3 subspecies have combinations of either
white underside with barred sides or a red underside with
spotted sides, whereas the Long-billed has a red underside
with barred sides. The main difference is the sounds.
Photos on this page were taken by Alexandra
Makhnina in Florida.