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Australian Painted Snipe

(Rostratula australis)
Alternate name(s): "Painted Snipe"
Size: 24-30 cm; wing span 50-54 cm
Weight: ca. 123 g (male); ca. 132 g (female)
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

Close-up lateral view of a male Australian Painted Snipe; note the prominent spots on the wings (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a male Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a male Australian Painted Snipe, slightly different stance (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Close-up lateral view of a male Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Close-up near-dorsal view of a male Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Near-dorsal view of two male Australian Painted Snipes (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Dorsal view of a male Australian Painted Snipe; here one can see that this species has all-round vision
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of an adult female Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Terry Hie Hie, NSW, February 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a female Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Terry Hie Hie, NSW, February 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a female Australian Painted Snipe; the paucity of chestnut on the bird's head suggests that it may still be immature (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

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

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of an Australian Painted Snipe; the emerging fine barring and the sparsity of spots on the wings, the dark lores and leading wing edge suggest that this may be a juvenile moulting into female plumage (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Lateral view of an immature female Australian Painted Snipe, left, with a male on the right (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Lateral view of an immature female Australian Painted Snipe, back, with a male in front (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Near-dorsal view of an immature female Australian Painted Snipe (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Kobble Creek, Lake Samsonvale, QLD, November 2019]

Behaviour

C. Hayne notes that Australian Painted Snipes have always been spotted in the presence of Red-kneed Dotterels. This may be due to similar habitat requirements.

Australian Painted Snipes in an ephemeral wetland (in this case a wet fallow field) (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)
[Near Terry Hie Hie, NSW, February 2013]

Australian Painted Snipes in an ephemeral wetland (in this case a wet fallow field) (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)

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