Hudsonian Godwit

Limosa haemastica (Linnaeus, 1758) HU HUDGO 5330
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Hudsonian Godwit, Brendan Doe

The least-studied of the four godwit species, Hudsonian Godwit has a very restricted breeding distribution in northern Canada and Alaska.

This long-distance migrant winters in the southern part of South America. Newly hatched Hudsonian Godwit chicks can swim across pools and slow-flowing streams; adults swim well.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
214 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
214 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Hudsonian Godwit is a very rare vagrant with a handful of records in spring and autumn.

Weekly occurence of Hudsonian Godwit from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Hudsonian Godwit, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Rhostog Hudson
Catalan: tètol de la badia de Hudson
Czech: brehouš aljašský
Danish: Canadisk Kobbersneppe
Dutch: Rode Grutto
Estonian: tumevigle
Finnish: eskimokuiri
French: Barge hudsonienne
German: Hudsonschnepfe
Hungarian: feketeszárnyú goda
Icelandic: Mýrajaðrakan
Italian: Pittima dell'Hudson
Latvian: melnsparnu puskuitala
Lithuanian: kanadinis griciukas
Norwegian: Svartvingespove
Polish: szlamnik amerykanski
Portuguese: maçarico-de-bico-virado
Slovak: brehár jarabý
Slovenian: pepelasti kljunac
Spanish: Aguja café
Swedish: hudsonspov

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