Black-tailed Godwit

Distribution:

Black-tailed Godwits breed in Iceland through Europe and areas of central Asia; and winter in western Europe, west Africa and Australia.

Description:

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. 

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Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

Bill Shape
dagger
Regions
alaska
aleutians
connecticut
delaware
florida
hawaii
labrador
louisiana
massachusetts
new brunswick
new foundland
new jersey
new york
north carolina
nova scotia
ontario
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
south carolina
vermont
virginia
Tail Shape
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
brown
rust
Body Shape
sandpiper
Size
large
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
sandpipers, phalaropes and allies - scolopacidae
Conservation Status
Near Threatened