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Black‑tailed Godwit Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Limosa limosa
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Coast and wetlands
Description : The Black-tailed Godwit is a brownish wader with long legs and a very long bill (adult bird length approximately 39 cm, weight 220 g, wing 21 cm, bill 10 cm, tarsus 7.5 cm, tail 8 cm). In the non-breeding season it looks sandy-brown from above and whitish from below. It has a white supercilium, brownish-grey neck. Black-tailed godwits predominantly inhabit inland wetlands rather than coastal areas. Their diet consists primarily of invertebrates, although they also consume aquatic plants during the winter and migration periods. During the breeding season, their prey includes beetles, flies, grasshoppers, dragonflies, mayflies, caterpillars, annelid worms, and molluscs. Occasionally, they also feed on fish eggs, frogspawn, and tadpoles. When foraging in water, the black-tailed godwits employ a common feeding method of vigorous probing, often submerging their heads completely and probing up to 36 times per minute. On land, they probe into soft ground and also pick prey from the surface.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;photo credit: Геннадий(www.inaturalist.org/people/ Геннадий),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Krzysztof Deoniziak(www.xeno-canto.org/Krzysztof Deoniziak), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.