Swinhoe's Snipe

Gallinago melaga

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

Non-AOU

Code 6

GALMEL

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Swinhoe's Snipe has a large breeding range of 2,840,000 square kilometers. It breeds in southern Russia and Mongolia, and winters in parts of eastern and southern Asia, Indonesia, New Guinea, and northern Australia, with some birds reaching Palau. The global population of this species is estimated to be anywhere from 25,000 to 100,000 individuals. The population is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Swinhoe's Snipe: Small to medium shorebird with brown and black mottled back and wings, white stripes on back. White stripe on black-brown crown, black-brown line through eye and mark below eye. Mottling on breast, white belly. Black-brown bars on flanks. Long, straight, black-brown bill with green-yellow base. Sexes and juvenile similar.

 

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Swinhoe's Snipe SONGS AND CALLS

Swinhoe's Snipe E1

Flight call is a harsh "veek".

Swinhoe's Snipe JJ1

Winnowing display and calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"zhrick"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Robert Swinhoe wrote the first description of this species in 1861.
  • Swinhoe's Snipe was named after the English naturalist Robert Swinhoe.
  • This species is also known as a Chinese Snipe or a Forest Snipe.
  • A group of snipes has many collective nouns, including a "leash", "walk", "whisper", "winnowing", and "volley" of snipes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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BellyX
The ventral part of the bird, or the area between the flanks on each side and the crissum and breast. Flight muscles are located between the belly and the breast.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
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Head Feathers and Markings X
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