Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

(L. l. limosa)

Armenian Name: Մեծ իլիկակտցար
Black-tailed Godwit

See Plate 27 for Black-tailed Godwit and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round visitor
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:40-44 cm, Wing Span:70-82 cm
Distribution Map: Map 123.
Description: A sandpiper with long straight bill, long legs, black-banded tail, and bold white upperwing stripe, visible in flight.
Adult (Breeding): Foreparts are orangish with faintly-barred mantle, breast, and belly. Gray back and upperwings with black and orange marbling.
Adult (Non-breeding): Pale gray with white from belly to undertail.
Juvenile: Like a pale breeding adult but lacks dark barring on neck and breast.
Similar Species: Differs from Bar-tailed Godwit by longer legs, black tail band, and in flight, broad white upperwing stripe.
Behavior: Often forages in belly-deep water by immersing head and probing into soft silt with bill. Gregarious.
Habitat: Mudflats, lake shores, floodplains.
Food: Invertebrates, especially insects, some plant material.