Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Bird photos: Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa)

Oguroshigi (オグロシギ) in Japanese

This bird was spotted in a freshwater stream near the rice fields of Kin Town.

It feeds on whatever it can find, probing in the shallow water.

bird,Limosa limosa

The species is listed as Near Threatened by IUCN.

Normal range for these birds consists of the UK, Europe, Morocco and Russia.

It would be nice to know why they are visiting Okinawa.

Black-tailed godwit

 Breeding Information

They are feathered friends that mate for life, is what I learned at ARKive.

The couples do the breeding thing, incubate and hatch the eggs together.

Then, the mama bird takes off for the winter, by herself.

Daddy bird watches the kids for awhile then, he goes off on vacation, too.

But, he doesn't know where the mama bird went so, he goes off to another country.

The birds really mate for a lifetime. They get back together every year.

Same couple, over and over again with only one exception.

Unless, mama bird fails to hookup with papa bird within 3 days of his arrival for breeding.

He might go off looking for another redhead !

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