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Gallery - Waders-Curlew and Godwits

Godwits (Lamosa)

Medium large waders, rather variable in size. Distinguishable from all Curlews by their slightly up curved bills and different call and their breeding plumage is a brownie red colour.


[RSPB amber conservation status][More information about Bar-tailed Godwit][bartailedgodwit11]Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica)

Bar-tailed Godwits are classed as an Amber list species-Medium conservation concern.

In its hunt for insects, molluscs, crustaceans and marine worms it often visits sandy shores. Some food rich areas attract large numbers of birds.


[RSPB red conservation status][More information about Black-Tailed Godwit][blackgod10]Black-Tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Black-Tailed Godwits are classed as Red List Species-High Conservation Concern.

Black-tailed Godwits are more likely to be seen on muddy esturies or pools near the sea.They feed oninsects and their larva,worms,seeds and other plant material.The nest is on the ground among short vegetation.


[Video clip about Curlews]Curlews (Numenius)

Large Waders. Showing as mainly brown on foot but showing white rump and lower back in flight. Long to very long down curved bill and long legs visible beyond tail in flight.


[RSPB red conservation status][More information about Curlew][curlew10]Curlew (Numenius arquata)

The Curlew has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.

The Curlew is the largest European wader.The bubbling song is given over upland meadows and moorlands where breeding takes place. The "Curlew" call may also be heard outside breeding season on mudflats and sandbanks where Curlews feed on worms,crabs and other crustaceans by probing at low tide.


[RSPB red conservation status][More information about Whimbrel][whimbrel9]Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus)

The Whimbrel has been classified as a Amber list species-medium conservation concern.

This small curlew is a long-haul migrant, breeding in the far north and migrating as far as southern Africa. Whimbrels breed in open country often in upland peat bogs or on tundra.They feed on insects,berries and marine creatures including crabs.


[hudsonianwhimbrel6]Hudsonian Whimbrel (Numenius hudsonicus)

Vagrant from North America



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