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Jameson's Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Andean Snipe

Photo by Stanley Jones
Papallacta Pass, Napo Province, Ecuador, January 2016
Gallinago jamesoni


Length 28·5–30 cm (11¼-11¾ in)

  • Bill: long and straight; horn-coloured
  • Warm brown upperparts, head and neck; streaked with buff and gold
  • White underparts with brown bars
  • Yellowish-green legs and feet

Sexes similar
Immatures show pale fringes on the wing coverts.

Similar species

Fuegian Snipe and Imperial Snipe.


South America: found in the Andes of Colombia to western Venezuela and eastern Bolivia.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Two subspecies are recognised by some authors: G. j. jamesoni and G. j. chapmani[2]


They use a variety of habitats, including swampy forests, marshes, bamboo plantations and paramo. Observed at heights around 4,343 m on the eastern slope of the Andes.



They use their long bill to extract insects and worms from the mud. There is little information on their prey.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2016)
  4. BF Member observations
  5. Wikipedia

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