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Any of several shorebirds of the genus Limnodromus that breed in far northern latitudes and have brownish plumage and a long straight bill.

[Perhaps from Mohawk tawístawis, snipe.]
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(Animals) either of two snipelike shore birds, Limnodromus griseus or L. scolopaceus, of arctic and subarctic North America: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
[C19: of Iroquoian origin]
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(ˈdaʊ ɪtʃ ər)

any of several long-billed snipelike shorebirds of North America and Asia, esp. Limnodromus griseus.
[1835–45, Amer.; perhaps < N Iroquoian; compare Mohawk tawístawis snipe]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dowitcher - shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipedowitcher - shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe
snipe - Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
grayback, Limnodromus griseus, greyback - a dowitcher with a grey back
Limnodromus scolopaceus, red-breasted snipe - a dowitcher with a red breast
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DOWITCHER (Mark Johnston) COULD only finish fourth on his second start under Liverpool jockey Franny Norton in a seven-furlong maiden at Chelmsford this week.
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis Herring Gull Larus argentatus Unidentified Gull Larus sp.
The most notable shorebirds found in the OIWS are the Asian Dowitcher, Chinese Egret, Eurasian Curlew, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit and Red Knot.
himantopus indicated 0.61 0.11 breeders Buff-breasted Tryngites adjusted 1.00 0.10 sandpiper subruficollis total Long-billed Limnodromus indicated 1.00 0.10 dowitcher scolopaceus breeders Red-necked Phalaropus adjusted 1.00 0.10 phalarope lobatus total Red phalarope P.
A long-billed dowitcher has been recorded at Loch Grogarry on North Uist just days after a cattle egret - normally found hanging around with hippos in Africa - was spotted on the same island.
The local rare bird headlines this week were taken by a Long-billed Dowitcher at RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, a North American wader with a good track record at this Dee estuary site.
FAA should improve control of birds and wildlife near airports The victims could fill a novice bird-watcher's bucket list: blackpoll warbler, double-crested cormorant, American black duck, short-billed dowitcher, black-crowned night heron, magnolia warbler, budgerigar and green-winged teal.
Limnodromus semipalmatus, the Asian (or Asiatic) Dowitcher, breeds in southern Siberia, north Mongolia and north-eastern China in extensive freshwater wetlands in steppe and forest zones and winters on extensive coastal mudflats from eastern India to the Greater Sundas (where the largest wintering populations occur), the Philippines, New Guinea and north-west Australia (Brazil 2009, Robson, 2000).
An American long-billed dowitcher was also at Connahs Quay.
Look for whimbrel, long-billed curlew, black-bellied plover, Pacific golden plover, greater yellowlegs, ruddy turnstone or long- and short-billed dowitcher - species that are many times seen only at this time of year for a period of a few weeks.
Short Billed Dowitcher sighted on the marsh, first English recording of this American visitor results in national media coverage.
-RARE waders - a Wilson's Phalarope in Essex, a Pacific Golden Plover in Suffolk and a Long-billed Dowitcher in Kent - have been spotted passing south through Britain.