Limosus— muddy, from limus=mud.
Bill lengthened, straight or bent upwards, cylindrical at base, obtuse at tip; both mandibles grooved at side. Plain plumage, in winter grey-brown, in summer rufous in both sexes. Males smaller than females. Remiges twenty-eight. First quill longest. Tail even. Tarsus transversely shielded in parts both in front and behind. Hind toe well developed. Second, third, and fourth toes fringed on both sides. Mid claw curved and often pectinated. Like SNIPES in bill, and like STINTS in plumage. Scattered nearly all over the world.
Axillaries white, with or without dusky bars.