The godwit, while perhaps not as well known as some of its avian cousins--it's no beauty queen like the swan, nor cheery like the robin redbreast--finally has its own claim to fame. One enduring female godwit recently broke a record for the longest non-stop flight by a bird ever documented, flying an entirely uninterrupted 11,680 kilometers (over 7,257 miles). She took off from a breeding ground in Alaska and her flight lasted eight days, during which she did not stop for food, water, or rest until reaching her destination half-way around the world: New Zealand. The godwit, a shorebird, possesses a long bill, long, reedy legs, and a wingspan averaging 30-40 centimeters. It winters in the Southern Hemisphere much like retired folks do in Boca, except unlike most humans on their flights south, this journey causes the godwit to lose almost half its 1.5 pound body weight.