Black-Tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Black-Tailed Godwit


40cm to 44cm


70cm to 82cm


280g to 340g

About the Black-Tailed Godwit

The black-tailed godwit have very distinctive long legs and beaks, with black and white stripes on their wings.

The females are generally larger than the males with longer beaks - this helps the sexes having to compete for food.

In winter they are more of a grey-brown, whereas in summer they have orange-brown chests.

What does a Black-Tailed Godwit eat?

Their diets mainly consist of worms, insects and snails but are known to eat other things such as plants and small insects during the breeding season.

Other birds in the Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes family