Asian Dowitcher (species: Limnodromus semipalmatus) in taxonomy (Gaia Guide)
Limnodromus semipalmatus
Asian Dowitcher

©台灣水鳥研究群 彰化海岸保育行動聯盟: Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus) showing its tongue

©Alnus: Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Limnodromus
Species Limnodromus semipalmatus
Status near threatened



Distinguishing features

Adults have dark legs and a long straight dark bill, somewhat shorter than that of the Long-billed Dowitcher. The body is brown on top and reddish underneath in breeding plumage. The tail has a black and white barred pattern. The winter plumage is largely grey. (Wikipedia)


  • From 25 cm to 35 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

Their breeding habitat is grassy wetlands in inland northern Asia. They migrate to southeast Asia as far south as northern Australia, although both the breeding and wintering areas are poorly known. This bird is always found on coasts during migration and wintering. (Wikipedia)


These birds forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud. They mainly eat insects, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


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