PORT PHILLIP BAY


Bar-tailed Godwit 

Limosa lapponica

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Charadriiformes
Family:
Scolopacidae
Genus:
Limosa
Species:
lapponica

General Description

Upper body parts dark-brown, underparts grey-white, feathers with light brown edges. Rump white and tail with dark grey-brown stripes. Bill long with two colours: base half pink and tip brown. Body up to 45 cm long.

Biology

Bar-tailed Godwits migrate to the northern hemisphere after summer to breed. They return in late August.

Habitat

Coastal mudflats, rare on inland lakes.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

South-eastern and north-western Australia.

Species Group

Birds Sandpipers and curlews

Max Size

45 cm

Diet

Carnivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Bar-tailed Godwit, Limosa lapponica, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 17 Aug 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7970

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