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Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

BA

BTO 5

BATGO

Euring 5

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Amber Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Bar-tailed Godwit is a regular wintering species in the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland, and occurs in coastal wetlands and flooded fields. It has an "Amber" status because of recent population declines.

SUMMARY

Overview

Bar-tailed Godwit: Large shorebird with very long, slightly upcurved bill. Plain, rufous underparts and neck. Narrow streaking on crown, face, and upper back, wings black, buff, and light gray. White lower back and barred tail. Black bill and legs. Toes project beyond tail in swift, direct flight.


Range and Habitat

Bar-tailed Godwit: Migrant visitor to most shorelines of Britain and Ireland beginning from autumn through spring; numbers peak in winter. Large numbers can be seen on estuaries and flooded fields. During summer months heads north to breed in Arctic areas. Non-breeding birds may be seen in summer.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"tititi", "kuwit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Bar-tailed Godwit makes the longest known non-stop flight of any bird: 11,680 kilometres from Alaska to New Zealand that takes approximately nine days.
  • Since the birds don't need their guts to feed during flight, they've evolved to shrink them, replacing the weight with fat and muscle.
  • They use low pressure systems to help them migrate and take advantage of the 500 to 800 miles of strong tailwinds.
  • A group of godwits has many collective nouns, including an "omniscience", a "pantheon", and a "prayer" of godwits.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Parts of a Standing birdX
Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX