- Length: 19 inches
- Very large, long-necked, small-headed shorebird
- Brownish rump and barred tail
- Cinnamon wing linings
- White eyering, dusky eyeline
- Sexes similar
- Very long, decurved bill
- Pale buff head and neck faintly streaked with darker brown
- Buff brown underparts with sparse dark streaking on flanks
- Dark back with pale edges and notches to feathers
- Dark brown outer wing contrasts with paler inner wing in flight
- Much shorter bill, often with less downward curve
Whimbrel has a similar, though shorter, bill, but has bold
black head stripes, and lacks cinnamon wing linings. Marbled Godwit
is similar but has a straight, somewhat recurved bill.
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.