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Australian Painted Snipe

(Rostratula australis)
Alternate name(s): "Painted Snipe"
Size: 24-30 cm; wing span 50-54 cm
Weight: 125-130 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Australian Painted Snipe at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Australian Painted Snipes on the edge of an ephemeral wetland (in this case a wet fallow field); a female is seen on the left, two males at centre and right (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Terry Hie Hie, NSW, February 2013]

Lateral view of a male Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Windeyer)
[Near Collie, NSW, October 2002]

FEMALE

Australian Painted Snipes on the edge of an ephemeral wetland (in this case a wet fallow field); a female is seen on the left, two males at centre and right (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Terry Hie Hie, NSW, February 2013]

Australian Painted Snipes on the edge of a wetland (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Slightly unsharp photo of Australian Painted Snipes, with their characteristic white band clearly visible (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Gingham Watercourse Wetlands, April 2012]

Australian Painted Snipes in flight (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[50 km West of Moree, NSW, March 2013]

Behaviour

C. Hayne notes that Australian Painted Snipes have always been spotted in the presence of Red-kneed Dotterels.

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