The birds leave Asia for breeding grounds in Alaska in May. After breeding, they refuel on the coastlands of south-western Alaska (Yukon-Kuskokwim delta and Alaska Peninsula). They then return to New Zealand on a non-stop flight across the Pacific Ocean, taking 7–9 days, from September to mid-October.
How long does it take for godwits to migrate?
Aided by strong tailwinds, the birds average 56 km per hour and can complete the 11,000 km journey in just over eight days. With a total round-trip of 29,000 km it is likely that a typical Bar-tailed Godwit of the baueri race will fly more than 460,000 km during the course of its lifespan.
Are godwits endangered?
Where are the godwits now?
They are the most numerous tundra-breeding shorebird species to occur in New Zealand, with around 75,000 here each year. Virtually all New Zealand birds are from the baueri subspecies breeding in western Alaska. They are relatively common at many harbours and estuaries around the country.
Is New Zealand close to Alaska?
New Zealand is located around 12112 KM away from Alaska so if you travel at the consistent speed of 50 KM per hour you can reach Alaska in 242.24 hours. Your Alaska travel time may vary due to your bus speed, train speed or depending upon the vehicle you use.
What do godwits feed on?
Food. Marbled Godwits eat aquatic invertebrates, earthworms, insects, aquatic plant tubers, leeches, and small fish. They probe soft substrates (mud or sand) with their bill, often submerging their head; they also pick prey from the surface.