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Bar-tailed Godwit - Limosa lapponica

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Published on Dec 22, 2006

The Bar-tailed Godwit is a large shorebird. It is a relatively short-legged member of the godwit genus. Breeds on open tundra. Winters on muddy estuaries and sandy shores.
They migrate in flocks to coastal western Europe, Africa, South Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Stray birds from Europe and Asia occasionally appear on both North American coasts. The Bar-tailed Godwit is the holder of the longest non-stop flight known for any bird, 11,000 km from Alaska to New Zealand (BTO News 258: 3, 2005).
These birds forage by probing on mudflats or in marshes. In short vegetation, they may pick up insects by sight. They mainly eat insects and crustaceans, but also eat parts of aquatic plants.
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