Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa
 Black-tailed Godwit, The Coorong, SA, Australia, March 2006 - click for larger image Australia
March / April 2006

The Black-tailed Godwit breeds from Iceland through central Europe into Russia with a separate population in Siberia. They migrate in winter further south as far as sub-Saharan Africa, India, Indonesia and Australia.

The sub-species that breeds in Siberia L. l. melanuroides is the race that migrates to Australia from September to May.

In flight, they are quite distinct from Bar-tailed Godwit L. lapponica with the Black-tailed Godwit showing a white wing-bar, a white square on the rump and legs which project conspicuously beyond the tail.

 Black-tailed Godwit, Mallacoota, Victoria, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image They also have a noticeably longer and straighter bill.

See also the Europe page on this species.

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