Limosa limosa (Linnaeus, 1758) - Black-tailed Godwit

Subspecies in India

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)
 

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This species is uncommon. It inhabits inland wetlands and salt-marshes in moist areas. It is migratory, and it has breeding subspecies across different regions, ranging from Western Europe to Central Europe, and another from Central Europe to East Asia. For wintering, it migrates in a large flock to Cameroon, France, India, and Australia. It breeds during April-June, in semi-colonies. It mainly forages on insects, worms, and aquatic invertebrates (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:   

 

 

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/)


According to the IUCN Red List assessment, the population of this species is declining and its current population size is unknown. The threats to its persistence come from habitat disturbance (due to drainage and agriculture), predator attacks, unavailability of food, and harsh climatic conditions (BirdLife International 2017).
 

 

 

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala1
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra35111141
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha612
Paschimbanga1
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total97112143
BirdLife International 2017. Limosa limosa (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22693150A111611637. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22693150A111611637.en. Accessed on 14 February 2020.
 

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Limosa limosa (Linnaeus, 1758) – Black-tailed Godwit. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/limosa-limosa, accessed 2024/06/25.