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Bar-tailed Godwit | Limosa lapponica

The Bar-tailed Godwit is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Scolopacidae bird family group which includes birds such as Snipes, Godwits, Curlews, Whimbrels, Shanks, Stints, Sandpipers, Ruff, Turnstones, Phalaropes.

The description for the Bar-tailed Godwit (Latin name Limosa lapponica) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Limosa lapponica can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of 288 and the detailed description of this bird is on page 347. You will find a picture of the Bar-tailed Godwit on page 368.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

There have been no changes in the common name between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition. There have been no changes in the Latin name for the Bar-tailed Godwit between the Roberts 6th and Roberts 7th Edition

The Bar-tailed Godwit has a height of 40 cms and weighs around 240 gms. The head is coloured chestnut while the bill is coloured yellow. The Limosa lapponica has a grey coloured throat, black legs and a chestnut coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Limosa lapponica has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is chestnut

Eyes are brown

Bill is yellow

Legs are black

Throat is grey

Back is chestnut

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

This bird eats insects such as butterflies, bees, wasps, locusts and ants. These invertebrates are usually hawked aerially, killed and then eaten .

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Bar-tailed Godwit bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

This bird is usually seen in small family groups or in large flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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