Black-tailed godwit

The most elegant of all godwit species

Faucon

A magnificent member of the sandpiper family, stands out with its imposing stature, long legs, and distinctive long, straight beak. Renowned for its elegant appearance, it is often considered the most aesthetically pleasing among the four godwit species.

Breeding in both boreal and low arctic regions, the Black-tailed Godwit embarks on remarkable migratory journeys southward following the mating season. Across its range, which spans various continents, three distinct subspecies of the Black-tailed Godwit have been identified, each exhibiting similar distribution patterns.

Despite its striking beauty and remarkable migratory feats, the Black-tailed Godwit faces a myriad of threats that jeopardize its survival. Habitat loss and degradation in its breeding areas pose significant challenges, exacerbated by disturbances resulting from alterations to these critical habitats. Additionally, predation, hunting, pollution, and habitat fragmentation further compound the species’ vulnerability, placing it at risk of extinction.

As opportunistic feeders, Black-tailed Godwits exhibit a diverse diet comprising a wide array of invertebrates and plant matter. From insects and their larvae to annelids, mollusks, crustaceans, and marine worms, these birds display remarkable versatility in their foraging habits. Additionally, they opportunistically consume spiders, fish eggs, berries, and seeds, with rice being a prominent component of their diet in certain regions.

Efforts to safeguard the Black-tailed Godwit and ensure its long-term survival are paramount. Conservation initiatives aimed at preserving vital breeding habitats, mitigating disturbances, and addressing the various threats facing the species are crucial for its continued existence.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Afghanistan
2016
Non-Breeding
Albania
2016
Non-Breeding
Algeria
2016
Andorra
2016
Passage
Armenia
2016
Australia
2016
Austria
2016
Breeding
Azerbaijan
2016
Bahrain
2016
Bangladesh
2016
Belarus
2016
Belgium
2016
Benin
2016
Non-Breeding
Bosnia And Herz.
2016
Botswana
2016
Brunei
2016
Bulgaria
2016
Non-Breeding
Burkina Faso
2016
Burundi
2016
Cambodia
2016
Cameroon
2016
Canada
2016
Vagrant
Cape Verde
2016
Vagrant
Central Af. Rep.
2016
Chad
2016
China
2016
Comoros
2016
Vagrant
Croatia
2016
Cyprus
2016
Czechia
2016
Breeding
Côte D’ivoire
2016
DR Congo (Kinshasa)
2016
Denmark
2016
Djibouti
2016
East Timor
2016
Egypt
2016
Eritrea
2016
Estonia
2016
Breeding
Ethiopia
2016
Faroe Islands
2016
Breeding
Finland
2016
France
2016
Gabon
2016
Vagrant
Gambia
2016
Georgia
2016
Passage
Germany
2016
Ghana
2016
Gibraltar
2016
Passage
Greece
2016
Greenland
2016
Vagrant
Guam
2016
Non-Breeding
Guinea-Bissau
2016
Guinea
2016
Hong Kong
2016
Non-Breeding
Hungary
2016
Iceland
2016
India
2016
Indonesia
2016
Iran
2016
Iraq
2016
Non-Breeding
Ireland
2016
Israel
2016
Non-Breeding
Italy
2016
Japan
2016
Jordan
2016
Passage
Kazakhstan
2016
Breeding
Kenya
2016
Kiribati
2016
Non-Breeding
Korea
2016
Kuwait
2016
Kyrgyzstan
2016
Passage
Laos
2016
Passage
Latvia
2016
Breeding
Lebanon
2016
Passage
Liberia
2016
Non-Breeding
Libya
2016
Liechtenstein
2016
Lithuania
2016
Breeding
Luxembourg
2016
Passage
Madagascar
2016
Vagrant
Malawi
2016
Vagrant
Malaysia
2016
Non-Breeding
Maldives
2016
Vagrant
Mali
2016
Malta
2016
Marshall Islands
2016
Non-Breeding
Mauritania
2016
Micronesia
2016
Non-Breeding
Moldova
2016
Mongolia
2016
Breeding
Montenegro
2016
Morocco
2016
Mozambique
2016
Myanmar
2016
Namibia
2016
Vagrant
Nepal
2016
Netherlands
2016
New Caledonia
2016
New Zealand
2016
Non-Breeding
Niger
2016
Nigeria
2016
Nort. Mariana Is.
2016
Non-Breeding
North Korea
2016
North Macedonia
2016
Non-Breeding
Norway
2016
Breeding
Oman
2016
Pakistan
2016
Palau
2016
Non-Breeding
Papua New Guinea
2016
Philippines
2016
Poland
2016
Portugal
2016
Non-Breeding
Puerto Rico
2016
Vagrant
Qatar
2016
Romania
2016
Russia
2016
European Russia
Rwanda
2016
Non-Breeding
Saint Pierre
2016
Passage
Saudi Arabia
2016
Senegal
2016
Serbia
2016
Seychelles
2016
Vagrant
Sierra Leone
2016
Singapore
2016
Slovakia
2016
Breeding
Slovenia
2016
Solomon Islands
2016
Somalia
2016
South Africa
2016
Non-Breeding
South Sudan
2016
Non-Breeding
Spain
2016
Sri Lanka
2016
St. Kitts & Nevis
2016
Vagrant
Sudan
2016
Svalbard
2016
Vagrant
Sweden
2016
Breeding
Switzerland
2016
Syria
2016
Taiwan
2016
Tajikistan
2016
Breeding
Tanzania
2016
Thailand
2016
Non-Breeding
Togo
2016
Non-Breeding
Trinidad & Tobago
2016
Vagrant
Tunisia
2016
Turkey
2016
Non-Breeding
Turkmenistan
2016
UAE
2016
US Virgin Islands
2016
Vagrant
Uganda
2016
Ukraine
2016
United Kingdom
2016
United States
2016
Non-Breeding
Uzbekistan
2016
Vanuatu
2016
Passage
Vietnam
2016
Non-Breeding
Yemen
2016
Zambia
2016
Zimbabwe
2016
Vagrant

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Flock

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

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