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Short-billed Dowitcher - Limnodromus griseus

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

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General Description
The Short-billed Dowitcher breeds along the coast of southern Alaska and British Columbia, in Northern Alberta and Ontario east to Labrador, wintering in the Caribbean and South America. The species is a rare migrant through Montana with fewer than seven observations reported in a typical year (Jehl et al. 2001, MTNHP 2019).

For a comprehensive review of the conservation status, habitat use, and ecology of this and other Montana bird species, please see Marks et al. 2016, Birds of Montana.

Species Range
Montana Range Range Descriptions


Western Hemisphere Range


Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 220

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Relative Density


SUMMER (Feb 16 - Dec 14)
Direct Evidence of Breeding

Indirect Evidence of Breeding

No Evidence of Breeding

WINTER (Dec 15 - Feb 15)
Regularly Observed

Not Regularly Observed


(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Montana is between the main migration paths of the Pacific coast and the midwest/east.

In migration, they are found in grassy marshes.

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Short-billed Dowitcher — Limnodromus griseus.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from