April 25, 2016 – Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Requested by: @derbytup

These godwits are found in parts of Europe, Russia, and West Africa. Using their long bills to find food in the mud, they forage for worms and mollusks. Monogamous pairs meet on the breeding grounds each year, within a three day period, after spending their winters hundreds of miles apart. They may maintain these bonds for as long as 25 years, breaking them only if they don’t arrive within the same three days. Nesting on the ground, they incubate three or four eggs for a little over three weeks. Classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN, they went extinct in England in the nineteenth century due to habitat destruction, but started to breed there again in the 1950s.