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10 remarkable Arctic birds

Hudsonian godwit on wet ground

Photo: Andy Johnson/Courtesy of Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Hudsonian godwit

You’d think it would need a layover, but this large shorebird is known for its nonstop flights. “We have recently documented how their migrations involve nonstop flights of over 6,000 miles,” said Senner, who specializes in this species.

The flights, which can take seven days or more, can take the Hudsonian godwit from southern Chile to the Great Plains of the U.S. in spring or from James Bay, Canada to Buenos Aires, Argentina in fall, he said.