Snipe, Jack


Name: Snipe, Jack

Scientific name: Lymnocryptes minimus

Type: Snipe

Color: Brown,Cream

Habitat: Desert,Fields,Water

Size: 18cm

Conservation status:

Rare Winter Visitor


Smallest snipe in region. Very hard to see on ground being superbly camouflaged and extremely difficult to flush; often rises silently at about 1 m distance, in low, slightly jerking flight, which is less powerful than Common Snipe’s and reminiscent of a small crake; settles almost immediately; short bill, blackish brown upperparts with two broad contrasting yellow lines and short pointed tail are distinctive features. If seen on ground also note: green-glossed back, absence of central crown-stripe, dark-striped flanks (not barred). Separated from other snipes by size and short bill. Usually solitary.

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