Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)
Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica). Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on April 29th 2019.
Taken at Standlake Common, Oxon., on April 29th 2019.
(1/640th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)


L: 37 - 42 cm; WS: 63 - 74 cm

The Bar-tailed Godwit is a long-billed, long-legged wading bird. It is about the same size as the Black-tailed Godwit, but has shorter legs and usually a clearly upcurved bill. In summer it has rufous-red underparts, which are unbarred. It lacks white wing bars.

Bar-tailed Godwits spend the winter on coasts in western Europe and west Africa, migrating northwards in May and southwards in August.

Breeding habitat is open tundra and taiga bogs in northern Scandinavia and Russia.

It has Amber status on the UK list. Around 40000 birds spend the winter in the British Isles


05-Oct-2019 : Cley Marshes, Norfolk (1)
23-May-2019 : Ythan Estuary, Aberdeenshire (6)
29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (2)
12-Sep-2010 : Playa de Los Lances, Spain
26-Nov-2001 : Motueka, New Zealand