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Black-tailed Godwit

(Limosa limosa)
German name(s): "Uferschnepfe"
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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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black-tailed Godwit at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "limosa"




Black-tailed Godwits in breeding plumage in a marsh; probably the bird on the right, with higher colour contrast and deeper rufous front, is a male; the bird on the left may be a female (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]


Near-dorsal view of a female(?) Black-tailed Godwit, probably still in transitional plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, May 2018]


Lateral view of a Black-tailed Godwit in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a Black-tailed Godwit in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Race "melanuroides"

Photos of Black-tailed Godwits, race "melanuroides", were taken in Australia.


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

bltgodw_dw_20190414.m4a limosa
(Ctl Poland)
Contact calls(?) © DW

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