French: Barge à queue noire German: Uferschnepfe Spanish: Aguja colinegra
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. islandica
C. L. Brehm, 1831 – Iceland, Faeroes, Shetland and Lofoten Is; winters in Ireland, Britain, W France, Spain and Portugal.
L. l. limosa
(Linnaeus, 1758) – Western Black-tailed Godwit – W & C Europe and Russia E to upper R Yenisey; winters in Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa, and E through Middle East to W India.
L. l. melanuroides
Gould, 1846 – Eastern Black-tailed Godwit – disjunct populations in Siberia E of R Yenisey, E Mongolia, NE China and Russian Far East; winters from India, Indochina, Taiwan and Philippines S to Indonesia, New Guinea, Melanesia, Australia and probably New Zealand.
36–44 cm; male 160–440 g, female 244–500 g; wingspan 70–82 cm. Tall, elegant godwit with chestnut breast and upper belly; dark brown barring on... read more
Quite vocal on the breeding grounds, elsewhere rather quiet. Two distinct display calls mostly... read more
Wet grassland with moderately high grass and soft soil, in lowlands; also grassy marshland, raised... read more
Food and feeding
Chiefly invertebrates, most frequently insects and their larvae (especially beetles), annelids, molluscs, ragworms, crustaceans, spiders,... read more
Laying Apr to mid-Jun. Monogamous on long-term basis. Often in loose, semi-colonial groups, up to 3 pairs/ha. High degree of site fidelity... read more
Migration on broad front, often overland, characterized by long distance flights between relatively... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Total population estimated at 140,000–270,000 pairs, of which over two thirds breed in Europe, with 85,... read more
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