Friday, October 19, 2012

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Common winter migrant to the coastal areas of the dry zone and also to the some inland water bodies.  During its stay here Black-tailed Godwit inhabits marshes, coastal mudflats, lagoons, paddy fields and tanks singly or as small to large flocks.  Black-tailed Godwit was formerly considered as a rare vagrant but in 1944 W.W.A Phillips recorded 200 to 300 birds at Mullativu lagoon (Phillips W.W.A 1978) and since then it has become a common winter visitor to the island. It breeds in Europe and Western Asia


  1. What is the sinhala name of this bird?

    1. As far as I am aware no Sinhalese name use among people for this particular bird species in any part of the country. But two coined names can be found in literature related to Sri Lankan birds. Kalupendha Gohoduwiththa by field ornithology group and Asiyathika Kalupedhathi Mahawatuwa by Ceylon bird Club

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