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36â€“44 cm (14-17Â¼ in)
Straight, flesh-coloured bill with dark tip
Greyish legs Summer Adult
Cinnamon-pink head, neck and breast. Brown, streaked black, upperparts. White wing-bar and dark wing tips. The white tail has a black bar at the tip. Belly white, marked with black. Winter Adult
The pink parts become greyish, upperparts greyer and the belly loses the streaks.
Bar-tailed Godwit whose bill has a slightly upcurved tip and narrowly barred tail. Hudsonian Godwit of the Americas can be distinguished in all plumages by its underwing patterns, white in Black-tailed and mostly dark in Hudsonian. Also the bill is straight on Black-tailed, not noticeably upturned as in Hudsonian. Black-tailed has a broader, longer white wing stripe and broader white tail band (Hudsonian has less white in its tail).
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