Jack Snipe

Lymnocryptes minimus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

JASN

Code 6

LYMMIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Jack Snipe is evaluated as Least Concern. This bird species is native to many portions of the world. The range of the Jack Snipe is about 10 million square kilometers. The population of this bird species is about 1 million individual birds. The prior rating for the Jack Snipe was Lower Risk. The rating was downgraded to Least Concern due to the stable size of the population and range of the Jack Snipe. At this time there are no known threats facing the Jack Snipe which would indicate a need for concern regarding possible future population decline.

IBIRD EXPLORER GENERAL

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PHOTO SHARING AND DISCUSSION

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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SUMMARY

Overview

Jack Snipe: Medium, stocky sandpiper, mottled brown upperparts, paler underparts. Eyestripe is dark. Yellow stripes on back are visible in flight. Eats mollusks, insects, larvae, worms and seeds. Weak flight with rapid, shallow wing beats.

 

Range and Habitat

Jack Snipe: Prefers marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows in northern Europe and northern Russia. Winters in Great Britain, Atlantic and coastal Europe, Africa, and India. Breeds in northern taiga in wet, open areas with birch and willow forests. Winters on shallow, wet, and muddy areas. Is an accidental spring migrant in the Pribilofs and in the late fall in California and Labrador.

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Jack Snipe SONGS AND CALLS

Jack Snipe L1

Song is a rhythmic, knocking, "ogogogogog".

Jack Snipe Y1

Winnowing sound produced as air flows over tail feathers during a steep display dive, followed by song.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"ogogogoIK-ogogIK"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Jack Snipe is the world's smallest snipe.
  • The male performs an aerial display during courtship, and has a sound like a galloping horse.
  • When feeding along the ground, this bird has a distinctive bobbing or bouncing style of motion, as if the bird is on springs.
  • A group of snipes has many collective nouns, including a "leash", "walk", "whisper", "winnowing", and "volley" of snipes.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Artist

Imran Kahn

HELP ME IDENTIFY A BIRD

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BACKYARD BIRDING

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X