Genus LIMOSA

The Godwits have a very long bills straight or slightly recurved, with the apex obtuse, both mandibles grooved at the side; nostrils linear, near the base of the bill. Wings long and pointed, 1st quill longest; tail of moderate length, even. Tarsus moderate, transversely shielded in parts both before and behind; bind toe well developed, a web between the outer and middle toes, but scarcely any between the middle and inner ; middle claw dilated, curved outwards and often pectinate outside. Winter plumage greyish brown ; breeding-plumage rufous in both sexes.

The genus is almost cosmopolitan ; two species are Indian.

Key to the Species.

a. Basal half of tail white, terminal half mostly black, not barred…………………………L. belgica, p. 254.
b. Tail more or less barred …………………………L. lapponica, p. 256.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus LIMOSA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
254
M_ID: 
4243
M_SN: 
Limosa
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
2101

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