Name: Black-tailed Godwit
Scientific name: Limosa limosa
Nature Stars: 60
About: A large, tall, elegant wader about 40cm long. During the spring and summer, adults have a greyish back, white belly and brick-orange head, neck and chest. In the winter they are grey above and white below. Black-tailed Godwits have a very long straight bills and are very sociable.
How to identify: When they fly, Black-tailed Godwits have a black tail, square white rump and broad white wing bars, with their feet sticking out well beyond their tail. Taller than Bar-tailed Godwit.
Where: A rare breeding bird of wet grasslands in East Anglia, Kent and north west England. Fairly common on migration at wetlands throughout the country. Winters on estuaries along the south coast.
Fantastic fact: Black-tailed godwits form monogamous pairs which can last for 25 years. Every year, these faithful pairs will arrive at their breeding grounds within three days of each other, mate and raise their chicks together.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc