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Pin-tailed Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Pintail Snipe

Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Lumlukka, Thailand
Gallinago stenura


25-27 cm (9¾-10½ in)

  • Mottled brown upperparts with cream lines
  • Pale underparts
  • Buff breast with streaks
  • White belly
  • Dark eye stripe, with lighter stripes above and below
  • Greenish-grey legs
  • Long straight dark bill

Sexes similar

Demonstrating the narrow tail feathers causing the name
Photo © by peterarras
UAE December 2012 (click on photo to see large version)

Similar Species

Latham's Snipe and Swinhoe's Snipe


Breeds in Siberia; winters from South-east Asia to Indonesia and The Philippines.


This is a monotypic species1.


Damp marshes and tundra.


Photo © by SeeToh
Pulau Punggol Barat, December 2015


They nest in a well-hidden location on the ground. Eggs are laid from late May to mid-June.


They forage in mud or soft soil, probing for insects molluscs, earthworms and larvae; some plant material, including seeds are also taken at times..


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2015)
  3. Wikipedia

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