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A large, long-legged wader with a long, slightly upturned or straight bill, and typically a reddish-brown head and breast in the breeding male.
- ‘Mallards, ring-necked ducks, killdeer, marbled godwits, and peregrine falcons settle in for the fall.’
- ‘Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.’
- ‘Many immature avocets spend their first summer after fledging well south of breeding areas, as do immature grey plovers, bar-tailed godwits and knot.’
- ‘In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.’
- ‘‘We call this lazy birding,’ says Clarke, pointing out the thousands of brown and white pelicans, the curlews, godwits, and avocets around us.’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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