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Any of various large shorebirds of the genus Limosa, having a long, slender, slightly upturned bill.

[Origin unknown.]


(Animals) any large shore bird of the genus Limosa, of northern and arctic regions, having long legs and a long upturned bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
[C16: of unknown origin]


(ˈgɒd wɪt)

any shorebird of the cosmopolitan genus Limosa, having a long bill that curves upward.
[1545–55; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.godwit - large wading bird that resembles a curlewgodwit - large wading bird that resembles a curlew; has a long slightly upturned bill
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
genus Limosa, Limosa - godwits
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Look out too for dunlins, knots, redshanks, bar-tailed godwits, curlews and oystercatchers as they use their long thin beaks to winkle out worms and molluscs.
Baba Didi and the Godwits Fly is a charming children's picturebook about the miracle of migratory flight.
Last week saw a big arrival of waders in the region, notably Black-tailed Godwits returning from Iceland.
An estimated 600 wading birds on the reserve have seen their nests and breeding attempts destroyed, including almost two-fifths of England and Wales's lowland snipe, as well as redshank, lapwing and rare blacktailed godwits.
Grey whales from Mexico, terns from Antarctica, godwits from New Zealand, snow geese from Mexico, white cranes from China, caribou from Canada, Alaskan walrus, Norwegian herring--they all head north, following coastlines, crossing varied topography, until they find sea lanes through the breaking ice or flowering pasture under the long days of sunlight.
The lagoons fill with sea-water on particularly high tides and have been restored to help wetland wildlife such as black- tailed godwits, whimbrel, curlew, redshank, greenshank, spotted redshank and little egret.
Our terns and sand martins may have left us for warmer climes, but we have seen the return of black tailed godwits, lapwing and curlew, skeins of geese are appearing in the skies and the whistle of the widgeon is audible.
In March 2007, 12 bar-tailed godwits labeled "E7" in New Zealand were tagged for the first time with satellite GPS tracking devices to monitor their activities.
Black-tailed godwits are a relatively new arrival but have risen from a few hundred in the 1980s to about 6,000 now.
The following individual (migratory) birds from the cradle to the grave through small channels and new satellite and internet technology in the context of the research to interpret the migratory behavior of knots, spoonbills and black-tailed godwits in terms of the interaction between genetic information and contextual information (on food availability, predators and of parents and peers learned routines).
Juvenile ruff, little ringed plover and lots of black-tailed godwits ?