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There are two sub-species of the Willet. One is the Willet (Eastern), recognized by its dark plumage, when seen in the breeding season. Seen from the eastern tip of Newfoundland, along the coast of the Atlantic, right into Mexico and the Caribbean islands. The other is the Willet (Pacific), it has lighter coloured plumage, when seen in the breeding season. This shorebird nests on the plains of the US and Canada. It is regularly reported seen in the eastern portions of the North American continent, spends its winter months along the Pacific coast right into Mexico.
Willet are among the larger shorebirds seen in North America. Recognized by their chunky bodies, sturdy legs and thick bills. These birds when seen flying, have large white stripes through their wings, situated between black wing tips and coverts. Quite common to see them feeding on crabs during low tides waters.