The Marbled Godwit Has A Pretty Pink And Brown Bill

The Marbled Godwit Has A Pretty Pink And Brown Bill

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Marbled Godwit

This long-legged cutie can be found in the winters along both coasts of North American and will breed in they interior central to western states of the US and Canada.

A rather large bird with a slightly upturned, swordlike bill. When they fly their legs stick out beyond the tail. 

Their diet consists of aquatic invertebrates and plant tubers. They will plunge their two-toned, long bill deep into the mud or sand to pull out their food.

They forage by wading through shallow waters or walking through the short grass in the prairies. During the winterr they will forage with other shorebirds such as the Hudsonian Godwits, Willets, Whimbrels and Long-billed Curlews. 

I’ve occasionally had trouble identifying these birds from a distance, because they will sleep while standing on one leg, usually with their bill tucked behind their shoulder. So I haven’t been able to see their distinctive bill when they have it hidden away, but they are easily identified if they bill is out!

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