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Hudsonian Godwit Limosa haemastica
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IUCN Red List history

Year Category
2012 Least Concern
2009 Least Concern
2008 Least Concern
2004 Least Concern
2000 Lower Risk/Least Concern
1994 Lower Risk/Near Threatened
1988 Near Threatened

Species attributes

Migratory status full migrant Forest dependency Does not normally occur in forest
Land mass type   Average mass -


  Estimate Data quality
Extent of Occurrence breeding/resident (km2) 262,000 medium
Extent of Occurrence non-breeding (km2) 1,300,000 medium
Number of locations -
Fragmentation -

Population & trend

  Estimate Data quality Derivation Year of estimate
No. of mature individuals poor Estimated 2009
Population trend Decreasing -
Number of subpopulations - - -
Largest subpopulation - - -
Generation length (yrs) 8.7 - - -
Trend justification: The overall trend is decreasing, although some populations may be stable (Wetlands International 2006).

Country/Territory distribution

Country/Territory Occurrence status Presence Breeding Non-breeding Passage Resident
Anguilla (to UK) Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Antigua and Barbuda Native Extant        
Argentina Native Extant   Yes    
Aruba (to Netherlands) Vagrant Extant        
Australia Vagrant Extant        
Bahamas Vagrant Extant        
Barbados Native Extant   Yes    
Belize Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Bermuda (to UK) Vagrant Extant     Yes  
Bolivia Native Extant   Yes    
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (to Netherlands) Vagrant Extant        
Brazil Native Extant   Yes    
Canada Native Extant Yes   Yes  
Chile Native Extant   Yes    
Costa Rica Native Extant   Yes    
Cuba Vagrant Extant        
Curaçao (to Netherlands) Vagrant Extant        
Denmark Vagrant Extant        
Dominica Vagrant Extant        
Dominican Republic Vagrant Extant        
Ecuador Native Extant     Yes  
Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Native Extant   Yes    
Fiji Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Guadeloupe (to France) Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Guatemala Unknown Extant   Yes    
Marshall Islands Vagrant Extant        
Martinique (to France) Native Extant     Yes  
Mexico Native Extant   Yes    
New Zealand Vagrant Extant        
Panama Vagrant Extant   Yes    
Paraguay Native Extant   Yes    
Peru Native Extant   Yes    
Puerto Rico (to USA) Vagrant Extant        
Sint Maarten (to Netherlands) Vagrant Extant        
South Africa Vagrant Extant        
St Lucia Vagrant Extant        
St Martin (to France) Vagrant Extant     Yes  
St Pierre and Miquelon (to France) Native Extant     Yes  
Trinidad and Tobago Vagrant Extant        
Turks and Caicos Islands (to UK) Vagrant Extant        
United Kingdom Vagrant Extant        
Uruguay Native Extant   Yes    
USA Native Extant Yes      
Venezuela Native Extant   Yes    
Virgin Islands (to USA) Vagrant Extant        

Important Bird Areas where this species has triggered the IBA criteria

Country/Territory IBA Name IBA link
Argentina Bahía de Samborombón y Punta Rasa site factsheet
Argentina Reserva Costa Atlántica de Tierra del Fuego y zonas adyacentes site factsheet
Argentina Reserva de Biosfera Albufera de Mar Chiquita site factsheet
Argentina San Antonio Oeste site factsheet
Brazil Parque Nacional da Lagoa do Peixe site factsheet
Canada Albany River Estuary and Assoc. Coastline site factsheet
Canada Big Piskwanish Point site factsheet
Canada Cape Henrietta Maria site factsheet
Canada Kaskattama River Mouth site factsheet
Canada Luck Lake site factsheet
Canada North Point site factsheet
Canada Oak Hammock Marsh WMA site factsheet
Canada Pen Islands site factsheet
Canada Porter Lake site factsheet
Canada Quill Lakes site factsheet
Canada Shagamu River and Area site factsheet
Chile Bahía de Chullec site factsheet
Chile Bahía Curaco de Vélez site factsheet
Chile Bahía de Putemun site factsheet
Chile Bahía de Quellón site factsheet
Chile Bahía de Quinchao site factsheet
Chile Bahía de Yaldad site factsheet
Chile Bahía Lomas site factsheet
Chile Bahía Lomas site factsheet
Chile Bahía Rilán site factsheet
Chile Chacao site factsheet
Chile Desembocadura del Río Chamiza,Coihuin-Pelluco site factsheet
Chile Estero Compu site factsheet
Chile Estero Huildad site factsheet
Chile Estuario de Maullín y Cerro Amortajado site factsheet
Chile Isla Grande de Chiloé site factsheet
Chile Lenqui site factsheet
Chile Marisma Buque Quemado site factsheet
Chile Playa de Pullao site factsheet
Chile Quemchi Aucar site factsheet
Chile Santuario de las Aves Bahía de Caulín site factsheet
Chile Sistema de Bahías TenTen Castro site factsheet
Chile Sistema Quetalmahue, Quilo y Mar Brava site factsheet
USA Carter Bay site factsheet
USA Susitna Flats site factsheet

Habitats & altitude

Habitat (level 1) Habitat (level 2) Importance Occurrence
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Salt Exploitation Sites suitable non-breeding
Artificial/Aquatic & Marine Seasonally Flooded Agricultural Land suitable non-breeding
Grassland Subtropical/Tropical Seasonally Wet/Flooded suitable non-breeding
Marine Coastal/Supratidal Coastal Brackish/Saline Lagoons/Marine Lakes suitable non-breeding
Marine Neritic Estuaries suitable non-breeding
Wetlands (inland) Bogs, Marshes, Swamps, Fens, Peatlands major breeding
Altitude 0 - 0 m Occasional altitudinal limits  

Threats & impact

Threat (level 1) Threat (level 2) Impact and Stresses
Climate change & severe weather Habitat shifting & alteration Timing Scope Severity Impact
Future Whole (>90%) Unknown Unknown
Indirect ecosystem effects, Ecosystem degradation

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2016) Species factsheet: Limosa haemastica. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2016) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016.

This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.

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Key facts
Current IUCN Red List category Least Concern
Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes)
Species name author (Linnaeus, 1758)
Population size mature individuals
Population trend Decreasing
Distribution size (breeding/resident) 262,000 km2
Country endemic? No
Links to further information
- Summary information on this species