Hudsonian Godwit (species: Limosa haemastica) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Limosa haemastica
Hudsonian Godwit

©Cláudio Dias Timm: Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)

©Bill Bouton: Juvenile Hudsonian Godwit (Limosa haemastica)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Limosa
Species Limosa haemastica
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

Adults have long dark legs and a long pink bill with a slight upward curve and dark at the tip. The upper parts are mottled brown and the underparts are chestnut. The tail is black and the rump is white. They show black wing linings in flight. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 46 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 74 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

They migrate to South America. These birds gather at James Bay before fall migration. In good weather, many birds make the trip south without stopping. They are a vagrant to Australia. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage by probing in shallow water. They mainly eat insects and crustaceans. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.