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Madagascar Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Photo by `Ulili
Photo taken at Vohiparara, Ranomafana, Madagascar
Gallinago macrodactyla


29-32 cm. Upperparts, head and neck streaked with dark brown stripes. White belly, brown barring on the flanks, long, black bill, yellow-olive legs and feet. The sexes are similar.


Eastern and central massif of Madagascar.


A monotypic species.


Marshes, swamps, muddy areas, flooded fields


It builds a saucer-shaped nest of dry grass which is concealed in a dense tuft of grass or sedges.

Diet includes insects and worms, seeds and plants.

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