Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus (Say, 1823) LD LOBDO 5270
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Long-billed Dowitcher. Toby Carter / BTO

A medium-sized wader that somewhat recalls Snipe with its fast 'sewing-machine' probing of mud. Long-billed Dowitcher is a rare, but annual, visitor to Britain with records peaking in September/October.

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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.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Long-billed Dowitcher is a rare vagrant recorded throughout autumn, winter and spring.

Weekly occurence of Long-billed Dowitcher 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 Long-billed Dowitcher, 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: Gïach Gylfinhir
Catalan: tetolet becllarg
Czech: slukovec dlouhozobý
Danish: Langnæbbet Sneppeklire
Dutch: Grote Grijze Snip
Estonian: tundra-neppvigle
Finnish: tundrakurppelo
French: Bécassin à long bec
German: Großer Schlammläufer
Hungarian: hosszúcsoru cankógoda
Icelandic: Kanaduðra
Irish: Guilbnín Gobfhada
Italian: Limnodromo pettorossiccio
Latvian: garknabja dunsloka
Lithuanian: ilgasnapis dumblius
Norwegian: Langnebbekkasinsnipe
Polish: szlamiec dlugodzioby
Portuguese: maçarico-de-bico-comprido
Slovak: brežník dlhozobý
Slovenian: dolgokljuni greznik
Spanish: Agujeta escolopácea
Swedish: större beckasinsnäppa

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