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Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus)


The Jack Snipe has a length of 19cm and weighs between 35-70g. Known as the smallest snipe, which is shy and elusive.Jack Snipes’ have a short bill compared to the other Snipe’s, with a uniform dark brown tail, and no pale central crown stripe. The Jack Snipe are white on the upper part of their wings and yellow back stripes.Jack Snipes’ are quite secretive in their non-breeding areas, so birdwatchers developed a technique by walking through the marshy habitat until a bird is disturbed and flies.The Jack Snipe will instead squat and not leave cover until the intruder is quite close, then quietly fly a short distance before dropping back into vegetation.


The Jack Snipe live in wet, marshy ground bogs.


Jack Snipes’ feed on invertebrates, which is mainly insects and worms. They also eat some seeds.

Protection Status 

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

Interesting facts

For the binominal name of the Jack Snipe, Lymnocryptes is from the Ancient Greek limne for ‘marsh’, and kruptos for ‘hidden’. minimus is from Latin, meaning ‘smallest’.

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