Limosa lapponica (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name: 
Bar-tailed Godwit

Eastern and north-western mainland Australia and Tasmania. A migratory species, Bar-tailed Godwits arrive in Australia each year in August from breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere.

Ecological Notes: 

Birds wade through the shallows or over exposed mudflats and sandbanks and probe their long bills rapidly into the substrate to find food. Primarily forages for insects, worms, molluscs and crustaceans, and also parts of aquatic plants. 

Additional Notes: 

Feeding parties may number up to 30 or more birds.


Atlas of Living Australia at Limosa lapponica Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at Accessed 27 July 2020.