bar-tailed godwit


Definition of bar-tailed godwit

: a godwit (Limosa lapponica) that has a slightly curved bill, a closely barred tail, and relatively short legs and that breeds in extreme northern Europe and Asia and winters chiefly in Africa and Australasia

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“Bar-tailed godwit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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