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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Black-tailed Godwit

Hebrides bird sightings - Black-tailed Godwit
Adult Black-tailed Godwit in summer/breeding plumage with Oystercatchers

Black-tailed Godwit

Limosa limosa

Gaelic: Cearra-ghob

Photograph © Andy L
The Braigh - Point - Isl of lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
20th April, 2007

"Heres a pic of some of the oystercatchers with a single blacktailed godwit braigh loch"

Our Godwit photographs

Black-tailed Godwit
Black-tailed Godwit
Bar-tailed godwit
Bar-tailed godwit
Bar-tailed godwit

Black-tailed Godwit
20th April 2007

Black-tailed Godwit
with Oystercatchers
26th April 2009

Bar-tailed Godwit
24th March 2007

Bar-tailed Godwit
20th May 2007

Bar-tailed Godwit
10th November 2007


  • Black-tailed Godwit
  • Limosa limosa
  • Gaelic: Cearra-ghob
  • WI: Uncommon passage Visitor (low numbers), Very rare winter visitor (five or less records)
  • Similar birds: Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe


Barred markings in belly area and orange bill at the base are some of the distinguishing features from the summer adult Bar-tailed Godwit.

Summer adult females have a paler rufous-orange breast than the males.


Black-tailed Godwit records in the Western Isles

Limosa limosa islandica is an uncommon passage visitor (low numbers), and very rare winter visitor (five or less records)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Black-tailed Godwit is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.













(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)



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