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Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago)


The Common Snipe has a length of 27cm and can weigh between 80-120g. Has a long bill, white on sides of tail, and a pale central crown stripe.To separate from the Great Snipe, the Common Snipe have a stripe that goes across the eye, all the way to their nape, and have a darker colour on their back.The Common Snipe is well camouflage, and usually shy and conceals itself close to ground vegetation until a threat is nearby. When flushed, the Common Snipe release a sharp sound note and fly in a series of aerial zig-zags to confuse predators. 


The Common Snipe can inhabit a wide range of wet ground.


The Common Snipe feed on invertebrates, especially worms and insects, and some plant material.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

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