Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus (JF Gmelin, 1789) DG SHBDO 5260
Family: Charadriiformes > Scolopacidae

Short-billed Dowitcher, Brendan Doe

With a more easterly breeding distribution than its long-billed cousin (which it closely resembles in non-breeding plumage), it is, somewhat surprisingly, a much less frequent visitor to Britain & Ireland, with only a handful of records.

The nest and eggs of this species eluded discovery until 1906, and the nesting grounds of the eastern race were not discovered until the late 1950s.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
238 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
238 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.


Short-billed Dowitcher is a very rare vagrant, usually recorded in autumn.

Weekly occurence of Short-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 Short-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

Catalan: tetolet gris
Czech: slukovec krátkozobý
Danish: Kortnæbbet Sneppeklire
Dutch: Kleine Grijze Snip
Estonian: raba-neppvigle
Finnish: rämekurppelo
French: Bécassin roux
German: Kleiner Schlammläufer
Hungarian: rövidcsoru cankógoda
Icelandic: Snípuduðra
Irish: Guilbnín Gobghearr
Italian: Limnodromo grigio
Latvian: maza dunsloka
Lithuanian: amerikinis dumblius
Norwegian: Kortnebbekkasinsnipe
Polish: szlamiec krótkodzioby
Portuguese: maçarico-de-costas-brancas / maçarico-de-bico-curto
Slovak: brežník sivý
Slovenian: kratkokljuni greznik
Spanish: Agujeta gris
Swedish: mindre beckasinsnäppa

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