Godwits


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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Godwits

 

(Limosa), a genus of birds of the subfamily Limosa of the order Charadriiformes. Rusty tones predominate in their coloring. There are four species, distributed in Europe, Asia, and North America. The black-tailed godwit (L. limosa) and the bar-tailed godwit (L. lapponica) live in the USSR. They are migratory birds, wintering in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. The black-tailed godwit (length, 39-40 cm; weight, 250-360 g) inhabits primarily the forest-steppe from Estonia east to Altai, in East Siberia, and on the Anadyr and Ussuri rivers. It nests predominantly in small colonies in swamps and wet meadows. The bar-tailed godwit inhabits the tundra from Scandinavia to Chukotka.

REFERENCE

Kozlova, E. V. “Kuliki.” In Fauna SSSR: Ptitsy, vol. 2, no. 1, part 3. Moscow-Leningrad, 1962.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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