streaked camouflage pattern

Common Snipe

I lie straight bill of the Common Snipe is the longest, in proportion to its body, of all the shorebirds. The tip of the bill is flexible, enabling the bird to probe into soft mud, sensing and feeding on worms, small mollusks, and other creatures. The eyes are set high on either side of the head, allowing it to remain vigilant when resting and feeding. It rests in low marsh vegetation or grass, camouflaged by the striped plumage, rising in twisting flight when alarmed. Newly hatched chicks have short bills and have to be fed worms by parents. The Common Snipe performs a "roller-coaster" display (light, in which the outer tail feathers produce a sound like bleating as the bird dives steeply

• NEST a hollow, scraped with the feet and shaped by body pressure, and lined with grass.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds in North America and Eurasia. Winters as far south as N. South distribi rrioN America, and C. Africa.

streaked camouflage pattern

I lie main habitat of this species, in winter and summer alike, is woodland. Active mainly after dark, it walks and probes for food in moist anil marshy areas. Its long bill has a flexible, touch-sensitive tip that is useful for probing into mud or soft soil to locate invertebrates. In their display behavior, known as "roiling," males fly slowly at treetop level over their territories, uttering piping and croaking calls, at dusk and dawn.

• NEST A hollow in mossy ground, lined with a layer of dead leaves.

• DISTRIBUTION Breeds across much of Eurasia. Winters as far south as N. Africa, India, and S.E. Asia.

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Species Scotopax rustico/a


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