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Latham's Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Tom Tarrant

Alternative name: Japanese Snipe

Gallinago hardwickii


Photo by Hans&Judy Beste
Canungra, Gold Coast, Hinterland, Queensland, Australia

23–33 cm (9-13 in)

  • Black, brown buff and white plumage
  • Long-bill

Similar Species

Swinhoe's Snipe and Pin-tailed Snipe


Breeds in Sakhalin and Japan; winters eastern Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in upland open marshy areas. Rice Paddies on passage. Winters in wetlands, margins of muddy lagoons, riverbanks and hides in thick reedbeds.



Their diets consists mostly of earthworms; but they also eat seeds, molluscs, beetles, larvae etc.


Display flights and “drumming” by the males. The ground nest is concealed in vegetation. The clutch consists of 4 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2014)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BF Member observations

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