Black-tailed Godwit

      Limosa limosa

      Information

      The Black-tailed Godwit inhabits fens and unimproved wet meadows, often together with Northern Lapwing. It uses its long and almost straight bill to poke around in wet ground and shallow water looking for worms, snails and other invertebrates. It is becoming endangered due to increasing intensification of grassland management and lowering of groundwater level.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      regular, scarce migrant, extremely rare winter visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      0 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      short- to long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      40-44
      wing span (cm)
      70-82
      Weight (g)
      280-500
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, earthworms
      Group
      Sandpipers and allies
      Habitat
      wetlands, lakes, rivers & streams, farmland
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution