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Great Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Photo by scottishdude
Lesvos, Greece, April 2010
Gallinago media


27–29 cm (10½-11½ in)


Breeds in northern Palearctic; winters to sub-Saharan Africa.


Photo by steinn
Tisnes, Tromsø, Norway, June 2000

This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshland, pasture and wetland.



Their diet consists mostly of worms and beetles; also seeds.


Migratory: recent results show that Great Snipe regularly fly non-stop from northern Europe to sub-Saharan Africa, with the longest such flight being 6800 km during 84 hours for a speed of about 96 km/hour. Returning in spring, there seemed to be a non-stop flight across Sahara to Balkan where the birds fed before continuing north.


Lekking: in the last seconds of its display it blows up like a balloon and makes a pit-pit-pit-prrrrrrrr - sound before the chest returns to normal.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member Observations
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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