Bar-tailed Godwit (Non - breeding)
Bar-tailed Godwit
Scientific Name 
Limosa lapponica
Arabic Name 
بقويقة مخططة الذيل
Kuwaiti name 
75.0 cm
38.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant. Uncommon winter and summer visitor. Up to 2000 recorded in mid April 1999 in Sulaibikhat Bay. An estuarine species, preferring mudflats during staging and overwintering.
Where in Kuwait 
More common than Black-tailed Godwit and differs with a slightly upturned bill. All records from coastal sites in the Jahra Bay area where it is found in intertidal areas along muddy coastlines, estuaries, inlets and sheltered bays with tidal mudflats or sandbars.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range with a stable population and is a full long-distance migrant. It is known to perform the longest non-stop migration of any land bird. L. l. baueri has been known to fly 10,400 kilometres from its breeding grounds in Alaska and eastern Siberia to its wintering grounds in New Zealand in around 175 hours, with an average speed of 63 kilometres per hour. This non-stop flight requires large fat reserves and the ability to shrink the internal organs to reduce weight while in flight.
Local threats 
Degradation of its habitat due to pollution, land use changes and other human disturbances.