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Bird Black-Tailed Godwit

Black-Tailed Godwit - Photo  Copyright 2005 Steve Botham:
Photo: Steve Botham

UK Safari Tip:
Get help identifying wetland birds with the beautifully illustrated fold out ID chart in the Nature shop - click here


Latin name: Limosa Limosa

Size: Approximately 40cms. Wingspan around 70 to 75cms

Distribution: Found around most parts of the English coast, south Wales coast and eastern N. Ireland coast

Months seen: All year round

Life span: Approximately 15 years

Habitat: Coastal estuaries, mudflats and lagoons

Food: Invertebrates

Special features: The black-tailed godwit is a large wading bird with a straight beak and long legs. The plumage in winter (shown above) is a grey-brown colour.

Click for a better viewIn the summer the neck and breast are an orange-brown colour and the flanks are barred with similar coloured stripes.

In flight you see the large white section on the undersides of the wings.

The tail is all black. A similar looking bird is the 'Bar-tailed godwit', which as the name suggests, has a black tail which is barred with white stripes.

The black-tailed godwit is on the red list because it rarely breeds in the UK.

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