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Ornithological Studies Presentation
Fresh Breeding Plumage Dowitchers - I.D. Checklist

by Frank Windfelder 09/03

 
Long-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed (hendersoni)
Short-billed (griseus)
Bill is 2 times head length
X
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Black bars in tail much broader than light
X
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Belly has dark bars or spots
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X
X
Prominent lower eye ring
X
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Much orange on un-streaked face
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X
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Very orange below
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X
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Dull orange below
X
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X
Much spotting but little barring below
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X
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Flanks barred
X
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X
Barring in Shoulder Area
X
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Scapulars have contrasting double white tips
X
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Scapulars have broad orange-tinged tips
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X
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Dense fine spotting on foreneck
X
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X
Completely colored below
X
X
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White belly and vent
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X
Godwit-like jizz, hunch-backed, taller
X
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Wings shorter than tail
X
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Wings longer than tail
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X
X
Harsh KEEK call note
X
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Mellow tu-tu-tu call
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X
X

 

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