Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Black-tailed Godwit are a large, long-legged wader, with a long straight bill. In summer plumage birds face and underparts are orange, in winter birds are plain grey. Both plumages show the distinctive ‘black tail’ when in flight.

Birds migrate to the UK’s coast over the winter months and can often be found on estuaries and coastal lagoons, rarely venturing inland to gravel pits.

They feed in shallow water, using their long bill to probe the mud for invertebrates such as worms.

In flight they make a wicka-wicka call.

Interesting Fact: They are mostly monogamous, and pairs will usually arrive back on the breeding grounds within three days of each other.

Black-tailed Godwit’s are on the Red List for Birds of Conservation Concern.


Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

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