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Limnodromus semipalmatus

Limnodromus semipalmatus (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Charadriiformes
Subordo: Charadrii
Familia: Scolopacidae
Genus: Limnodromus
Species: Limnodromus semipalmatus


Limnodromus semipalmatus (Blyth, 1848)


* The Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal 17 p.252
* Limnodromus semipalmatus Report on ITIS

Vernacular names
Česky: Slukovec asijský
English: Asiatic Dowitcher
한국어: 큰부리도요
日本語: シベリアオオハシシギ

The Asiatic Dowitcher, Limnodromus semipalmatus, is a rare medium-large wader.

Adults have dark legs and a long straight dark bill, somewhat shorter than that of the Long-billed Dowitcher. The body is brown on top and reddish underneath in breeding plumage. The tail has a black and white barred pattern. The winter plumage is largely grey.

Their breeding habitat is grassy wetlands in inland northern Asia. They migrate to southeast Asia as far south as northern Australia, although both the breeding and wintering areas are poorly known. This bird is always found on coasts during migration and wintering.

These birds forage by probing in shallow water or on wet mud. They mainly eat insects, mollusks, crustaceans and marine worms, but also eat some plant material.

The confusion species for this bird is not, as might be expected, one of the American dowitchers, which in any case do not overlap in range, because the Asian bird is much larger. It closely resembles a small Bar-tailed Godwit, although the dowitcher "sewing machine" feeding action and the yelping call are distinctions from the more widespread bird.

Further reading

Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant and Prater, ISBN 0-7099-2034-2


* BirdLife International (2006). Limnodromus semipalmatus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened

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