Belongs to: winter waders

Compare with: bar-tailed godwit

Black-tailed godwit Limosa limosa

BoCC Red list

Best time to see: mid Jul to end Apr

Key facts

Large long-legged wader of estuarine habitat with a long straight bill

Habitat: estuaries, marshes and flooded fields

Common winter visitor but scarce breeder in UK; main population in E. and N. Europe


Long-legged with long straight bill; speckled grey and chestnut upperparts, chestnut below; black legs; 40 cm

Normally seen feeding bill down in mud or water

Eats worms, molluscs and insects; in flight shows black-and-white wingbar


Nest is a lined scrape on ground

1 Brood April - June; 4 green eggs blotched brown

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