Black-tailed Godwits breed in Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia; and winter in western Europe, west Africa and Australia.
This large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird has an orange head, neck and chest when breeding. Outside the breeding plumage, the plumage is mostly grey-brown.
They have distinctive black and white wingbars in both plumages. The bill, neck and legs are long. The legs are blackish, brown or grey in color.