Range/Geographical Distribution: Breeds from Saskatchewan to Minnesota and winters south of Virginia and along the Gulf Coast.
Habitat: Plains, mudflats, and beaches.
Similar Species: Willet.
Description: Crow-sized bird that is brown all over with a speckled back and wings. Bill has a dark tip with a pinkish base. Breeding plumage includes a white stripe across the chest. Juveniles are similar to the non-breeding adult.
Size: Length: 16-19” Wingspan: 28-35” Weight: 285-454g
Food: Insects and crustaceans.
Breeding: Breeds in the Great Plains. Nests on the ground in a dug out nest lined with grasses and lays four speckled olive eggs.
Predators: Raccoons and skunks.
Conservation Status: Listed as least concern by IUCN. Population declined in the 1800’s but is now stable.
Interesting Facts: The marbled godwit is the fourth largest shorebird found in North America.
On the Coast: In the winter months, marbled godwits prefer the saltwater beaches and mud flats along the east coast. Marbled godwits can be seen along Georgia’s coast in the winter months.