Male developing fresh summer plumage. Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.
This is the Black-tailed Godwit identified by Ron Weeks on June 4, 2012.
The Bar-tailed Godwit was obviously a bigger bird than the two Hudsonion Godwits nearby with a rufous throat and white underwing coverts as shown in the photos.
Chincoteague Island, Virgina
This is the bird that has been present for several weeks and seen by many obs. Molting into breeding plummage on the head and neck.
The Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) is a large, long-legged, long-billed shorebird first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. It is a member of the Limosa genus, the godwits. There are three subspecies, all with orange head, neck and chest in breeding plumage and dull grey-brown winter coloration, and distinctive black and white wingbar at all times.