Snipes, Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) - HBW 3, p. 501

French: Barge à queue noire German: Uferschnepfe Spanish: Aguja Colinegra

Taxonomy: Scolopax Limosa Linnaeus, 1758, Sweden.
Forms superspecies with L. haemastica, with which sometimes considered conspecific. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • islandica C. L. Brehm, 1831 - Iceland, Faeroes, Shetland and Lofoten Is; winters in Ireland, Britain, W France, Spain and Portugal.
  • limosa (Linnaeus, 1758) - W & C Europe and Russia E to upper R Yenisey; winters in Mediterranean and sub-Saharan Africa, and E through Middle East to W India.
  • melanuroides Gould, 1846 - disjunct populations in Siberia E of R Yenisey, E Mongolia, NE China and Russian Far East; winters from India, Indochina, Taiwan and Philippines S to Indonesia, New Guinea and Australia.