Potential Confusion Between Godwits and Dowitchers

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Subject: Potential Confusion Between Godwits and Dowitchers
From: knightl <>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2003 20:54:14 +1000
Just as a quick follow-on from my previous post about male bar-tailed godwits in breeding plumage, I have put a couple of pix of the breeding plumaged individual on ozbirdpix

Basically, the bird is smaller than most godwits and has an almost completely black bill, yet is still a bar-tailed godwit, and not the asiatic dowitcher I would have like to have seen. I believe that the key is the shape of the bill, and feeding behaviour [if the birds aren't loafing].

Regards, Laurie.

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