Limosa limosa (Linnaeus, 1758)

Common Name: 
Black-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwits arrive in Australia each year in late August from breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere, some making their way to eastern and southern Australia by September-December.

Ecological Notes: 

Occupy sheltered bays, estuaries and lagoons with large intertidal mudflats and/or sandflats. It primarily eats invertebrates, but also aquatic plants in winter and on migration. 

Additional Notes: 

In water, the most common feeding method is to vigorously probe the substrate, up to 36 times per minute, often with the head completely submerged. It has a longer, straighter bill, longer legs and stands taller than the closely related Bar-tailed Godwit.


Atlas of Living Australia at Limosa limosa Accessed 29 July 2020.
Department of the Environment (2020). Limosa limosa in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Accessed Fri, 31 Jul 2020.