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Black-tailed Godwit

(Limosa limosa)
Size: 36-44 cm; wing span 70-82 cm
Weight: 280 g (male), 340 g (female) averages; range: 150-500 g

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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-tailed Godwit at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "melanuroides"



Lateral view of a Black-tailed Godwit, left, together with a Bar-tailed Godwit, right, both in non-breeding plumage; in the foreground a number of Red Knots in transitional and non-breeding plumages can be seen (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Lee Point, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Near-dorsal view oBlack-tailed Godwits in flight, together with a number of Great Knots, all in non-breeding plumage; the Black-tailed Godwits are the birds with the prominent white underwings, white wing bars, white rump and black tail (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Buffalo Creek Beach, Darwin, NT, January 2016]

Race "limosa"

Photos of Black-tailed Godwits, nominate race "limosa", were taken in Europe.

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