from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the tail barred crosswise with different colors: as, the bar-tailed godwit, Limosa lapponica. See cut under Limosa.


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  • In the sheltered shallows a few bar-tailed godwits are probing the wet sand with their long, pinkish, very slightly upturned bills.

    Country diary: Holme Dunes, Norfolk

  • In contrast, most of the bar-tailed godwits had fed well and stood in a group of about 80 birds.

    Country diary: Burghead, Moray

  • Plump black and white oystercatchers stood side by side with elegant, almost aloof, bar-tailed godwits.

    Country diary: Cromarty Firth

  • In 2007, an even more astonishing record was established by a bar-tailed godwit.


  • There are also ringed plover Charadrius hiaticula, grey plover Pluvialis squatarola, knot Calidris canutus, redshankTringa totanus and bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica among many other species.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • There are two hundred bar-tailed godwits and five hundred knot.

    A Year on the Wing

  • Dunlins come from Asia; red-necked phalaropes from Chile; arctic terns from Antarctica; and bar-tailed godwits from New Zealand.

    The Flight

  • Okarito Lagoon is the largest estuarine lagoon on the South Island's west coast and is an important habitat for wading birds, including South Island pied oystercatcher Haematopus sp., pied stilt and the migratory bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica and knot Calidris sp.

    Te Wahipounamu (South-West New Zealand World Heritage Area), New Zealand

  • Several migratory wader species are regular visitors to the island, principally are double-banded dotterel Charadrius bicinctus, eastern golden plover Pluvialis dominica, turnstone Arenaria interpres, whimbrel Numenius phaeopus and bar-tailed godwit Limosa lapponica.

    Lord Howe Island Group, Australia

  • Other species with an Afromontane distribution include bar-tailed trogon (Apaloderma vittatum), scarce swift (Schoutedenapus myioptilus), orange thrush (Zoothera gurneyi) and African black swift (Apus barbatus sladeniae).

    Angolan montane forest-grassland mosaic


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