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Bar-tailed Godwit

(Limosa lapponica)
Alternate name(s): "Bar-rumped Godwit"
German name(s): "Pfuhlschnepfe"

Size: 37-39 cm; wing span 70-80 cm
Weight: 190-400 g (male), 260-630 g (female)

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Bar-tailed Godwit at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "lapponica"

ADULT

BREEDING

MALE

Lateral view of a male Bar-tailed Godwit in worn breeding plumage; note the rather short slightly upcurved bill (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, September 2017]

Lateral view of a male Bar-tailed Godwit in worn breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, September 2017]

Lateral view of a male Bar-tailed Godwit in worn breeding plumage lifting its wings, therby giving a clear view of its name-giving barred uppertail (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, September 2017]

Lateral view of a male Bar-tailed Godwit in breeding plumage going to join its snoozing buddy (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, September 2017]

Lateral view of two snoozing female Bar-tailed Godwits in worn breeding plumage (photo courtesy of G. Pinelas)
[Lagoa de Albufeira, near Sesimbra, Setubal, Portugal, September 2017]

NON-BREEDING

FEMALE

Near-dorsal view of a female Bar-tailed Godwit in non-breeding plumage feeding near the water's edge; note the long bill (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Rio Trancao, Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019]

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Bar-tailed Godwit in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Wadebridge, Cornwall, England, September 2019]

Race "baueri"

Photos of race "baueri" were obtained by us in Australia.

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