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Common Snipe

(Gallinago gallinago)
German name(s): "Bekassine"
Size: 25-27 cm; wing span 44-47 cm
Weight: 80-140 g (up to 180 g pre-migration)

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Common Snipe at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "gallinago"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Near-frontal view of a Common Snipe foraging in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, December 2017]

Near-frontal view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Near-frontal view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Near-lateral view of a Common Snipe foraging in shallow water (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, November 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe foraging in shallow water (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, December 2017]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2013]

Lateral view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2013]

Pair of Common Snipes on the bank of a river (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Snipe (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2013]

Comparison of a Common Snipe with a Common Sandpiper (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Covey of Common Snipes in flight, showing their upperwings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, November 2014]

Covey of Common Snipes in flight, showing their underwings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, November 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Common Snipe in flight (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Sorraia River, Coruche, Santarem, Portugal, January 2018]

Behaviour

Common Snipes making use of their excellent camouflage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, January 2018]

Common Snipes making use of their excellent camouflage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Common Snipes making use of their excellent camouflage (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, September 2018]

Food, Diet

Common Snipe with its prey (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Common Snipes move their prey up with quick jerks (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malkinia, Masovia, Poland, July 2019]

Race "faeroeensis"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Common Snipe in shallow water (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, Fareham, Hampshire, England, September 2019]

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