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Food Web

Animals: Dowitcher



The dowitcher is a common shorebird that has a "sewing-machine" method of foraging across the mud flats.

In flight, dowitchers can be identified by the white "v" extending up their backs.

Dowitchers eat aquatic larvae, insects, snails, and some seeds. They also probe deep into soft substances of mudflats to the depth of their bills, sometimes submerging their heads. Food is captured and swallowed under the mud, except for worms, which are pulled to the surface.


Dowitchers travel in large flocks which can reach into the thousands of individuals.

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