Limnodromus Neuweid., Beitr. Naturg. Brasil, iv, Abstr. 2, p. 716 (1833).
Type by mon., Macroramphus griseus Gmelin.
In this genus the bill is like that of a Snipe, very long, straight and slender, swollen towards the tip, where it is pitted; both mandibles grooved at the sides from the base to the swollen dertrum, which has a groove on the upper surface; the tarsus is shorter than the wing and is scutellated in front, reticulated behind; the hind toe is well developed and the anterior toes are joined by webs, that between the middle and outer being the larger; the wing is long and pointed, the first primary longest, the second almost as long. The breeding plumage is rufous, the non-breeding grey-brown, extremely like the plumage of Limosa. Sexes alike. Of the two species known, one is American and the other is from North-Eastern Asia.