Scientific Name: Limosa limosa
Malay Name: Kedidi-Raja Ekor Hitam
Chinese Name: 黑尾塍鹬
Range: Breeds in Palearctic and northern China. Winters in Africa, Asia and Australasia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: islandica, limosa, melanuroides, bohaii.
Local Subspecies: melanuroides
Size: 36-40 cm
Identification: A fairly large wader with long blackish legs, rather long neck, long straight bi-coloured bill: pink at the base and black towards the tip. Breeding plumage has bright reddish-rufous head and breast, dark barring on belly. Non-breeding plumage has plain grayish head, breast and upperparts, unlike the streaked breast and back of the Bar-tailed Godwit. In flight shows bold white upperwing bars, white rump and black tail.
Habitat: Mudflats, sandflats, coastal pools, sometimes wet paddy fields.
Behaviour/Ecology: Usually found in flocks. Feeds mainly by wading in deeper water, probing with its long bill.
Local Status: Rare migrant
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2017)
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Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Average number of individuals by week based on Singapore Bird Database data, Jul 2016 to Jun 2023 (all records)
BirdLife International. (2017). Limosa limosa. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22693150A111611637.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Black-tailed Godwit. Retrieved on September 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/black-tailed-godwit.