Skip Navigation

Species Search:
FieldGuidesthreatened and/or endangered search resultsthreatened and/or endangered

previous  | next

Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica


enlarge +

Bar-tailed Godwit
credit:  Maslowski, Steve - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

© Lang Elliot/ (audio)

All Images


Get Our Newsletters


Advanced Search

Family: Scolopacidae, Sandpipers view all from this family

Description Breeding male recalls Hudsonian, with variably orange-red body plumage, spangled brown and black on back; note that tail is barred (not black and white) and wings are uniform, without Hudsonian's striking white wing bar. In winter, recalls Marbled, but bill is shorter and plumage is gray-buff overall, with whitish underwings (lacks Marbled's warm buff tone). The juvenile, the plumage most often seen south of Alaska, has a warm buff tone, while Marbled is reddish brown.

Dimensions Length: 15-18" (38-46 cm)

Range Northwest, Alaska, Mid-Atlantic

Discussion Long-billed shorebird. Breeds in Arctic Eurasia and western Alaska and winters mainly in New Zealand and on Pacific coasts.