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Great Snipe (Gallinago media)


The Great Snipe has a length of 28cm, and weighs between 160-190g. Has a heavy build, and shorter bill than the Snipe, and whiter around the tail.The Great Snipe has a heavier flight pattern, which involves less twisting and is usually silent in flight.Great Snipes’ forage in soft mud, probing or picking food by sight, and are difficult to see due to their camouflage in their habitat. When their cover is gone, the Great Snipe would fly straight for a considerable distance before dropping back into vegetation.


The Great Snipe live in marshes with wet ground in the summer, then remains the same type of habitat, but with drier ground.


The Great Snipe feed mainly on earthworms and insects

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

The Great Snipe are known for their fast, non-stop flying capabilities over huge distances, flying up to 97km/h, and recorded to fly non-stop for 84 hours over 6,760km.

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