161. Limosa lapponica

161. Limosa lapponica.

THE BAR-TAILED GODWIT.

Lapponica= of Lapland.

Male 13 1/2" to 14 3/4"; 7 1/2 to 10 oz. Female 15 3/4"; 9 to 11 1/3 oz. Legs black. Bill 3" to 3 1/2", pink and black.— In winter; Above earthy, and dark central shaft. Lower back and rump white, with heart-shaped brown spots. Upper tail-coverts white, with irregular brown bars. Mid-tail ashy, tipped white, and barred white and brown towards base. Outer rectrices barred throughout. Below white.

Axillaries white, with brown bars on inner web.— In summer: Crown black, edged rufous. Below pale red. Above black-brown, marbled grey. Tail barred white and brown throughout. Breeds in N. Europe and N.W. Asia, and migrates south in winter, but does not cross the equator. Accidental in Canary Islands. In India hitherto only found at Karachi (see illustration). Eggs (2.2 x 1.45) olive, spotted grey. (B. 1457. S.E. i. 295.)

Also X. novae zealandiae. Male 14 1/2". Female 16". From Alaska, Siberia, Japan, China, to Malay Archipelago, Oceania, Australia, and New Zealand.

L. hudsanica. 14". With axillaries slatish. From N and S. America.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
161. Limosa lapponica
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
161
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
168
Common name: 
Bar Tailed Godwit
M_ID: 
4249
M_CN: 
Bar-tailed Godwit
M_SN: 
Limosa lapponica
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
12915

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