Races of Bar-tailed Godwit

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Subject: Races of Bar-tailed Godwit
From: Dominic Funnell <>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2014 05:30:28 +0000 (GMT)
On Cairns Esplanade this week I was watching a group of Bar-tailed Godwits that 
were showing very early stages of developing their spectacular breeding 

A Masked Lapwing took exception to them and chased them off. It was when the 
group took off that I noticed that one was completely different to the rest - 
instead of having a clear white rump and uppertail coverts this individuals 
were so heavily barred as to appear completely brown in colour. On looking 
through my on-line version of HBW I assume that this is of the race Limosa 
lapponica baueri which "breeds in NE Siberia, E of R Kolyma, to W Alaska; 
winters from China to New Zealand and some Pacific Is." but does not 
specifically mention Australia in its wintering range. HBW mentions race Limosa 
lapponica menzbieri (an intermediate between L l lapponica and L l baueri) "N 
Siberia, between R Khatanga and Kolyma Delta; winters from SE Asia to NW 
Australia, and possibly E Australia."
This bird was so different in flight that I am sure I would have noticed them 
before if they were regular. My question / enquiry is what is the regularly 
recorded race in E Australia.
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