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Bar-tailed Godwit
Limosa lapponica

Map of the common names

Medium-sized wader (35 cm), with tail markings and slightly upcurved bill. Breeding habitats include wet river valleys and open woodlands near water-bodies. In winter, birds occur chiefly in flocks at intertidal habitats. Food consists mainly of worms, insects and rarely of seeds and small fruits. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I
The breeding population is unlikely to exceed 400-500 pairs. The species is vulnerable due its concentration at a few suitable coastal wetlands outside the breeding season. Many European passage and wintering sites are either poorly protected or lack any protection.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population :
about 500 pairs

Drawing by Manuel Manolos


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