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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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In their place we have seen the return of black-tailed godwits, lapwing and curlew.
Other scarce birds include a Great White Egret, 11 Spotted Redshanks and 2,000 Blacktailed Godwits at RSPB Oakenholt Marsh, and a Black Redstart on the edge of Holywell.
Guts don't fly: Small digestive organs in obese Bar-tailed Godwits.
Mhairi said: "Wading birds are an important feature of the site, and bar-tailed godwits, often arriving in their bright summer plumage which changes to a lighter grey winter plumage, can be seen on the sand flats and mudflats of the reserve.
Just as he had suspected, the bar-tailed godwits headed out over the open ocean and flew south through the Pacific.
Geological Survey suggests that bar-tailed godwits can forecast weather patterns as far as 10 days out.
Set in New Zealand, Isabella and her grandma, Baba Didi, are on the beach watching the godwits --long-billed birds that migrate to the far side of the world.
Nicola Muir (author), Annie Hayward (illustrator); BABA DIDI AND THE GODWITS FLY; New Internationalist Publications (Children's: Picture Books) 8.
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.