Thursday, 3 February 2011

Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

OTHER NAMES: Barred-rumped Godwit, Pacific Ocean Godwit, Southern, Small Godwit
Latin Etymology: Limosa (species specific name) lapponica ("of Lapland")
Adult Winter Bar-tailed Godwit (subspecies L. l. lapponica) with Grey Plover, and Dunlin at Elmley Marshes, Kent - December 2012

Featured Subspecies: Limosa lapponica lapponica
Weight: 190-630g  /  Length: 37-41cm  /  Wingspan: 70-80cm
UK AMBER LIST / IUCN Red List: Near Threatened

Despite being, in theory at least, the more numerous of the two British Godwit species, I've personally found finding "Barwits" much harder than their counterpart. The reasons for this are relatively simple in some cases - unlike the Black-tailed, the Bar-tailed is essentially exclusively found on the coast and occasionally up the shores of the larger rivers. Telling the differences between Godwits isn't necessarily easy at first but can be acquired with some practice.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Limosa
Subspecies: L. l. lapponica, L. l. taymyrensis, L. l. menzbieri, L. l. baueri

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Locally common Winter Vistor (41,000 birds)
 - Birds seen at Reculver,

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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