Limnodromus scolopaceus | long-billed dowitcher

Long-billed Dowitcher_Alex Wang

Regular Migrant

The name ‘dowitcher’ originates from the Iroquois language, as they are native to North America. Long-billed dowitchers are mottled brown, and as their name suggests, have notably long beaks. These visitors to Hawaiʻi can be seen foraging in wetlands by using a sewing matching like movement, sometimes with their heads submerged in shallow water. Sensors on their bills allow them to detect prey.