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Solitary Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Gallinago solitaria


29-31 cm

  • Upperparts, head and neck:
    • streaked with brownish stripes
    • pale feather edges form lines down the back
  • White face
  • Gingery breast
  • White belly with brown barring on the flanks
  • Bill:
    • brown and black
    • long, straight and fairly slender
  • Legs and feet are yellowish-green to brown

Sexes are similar; females are larger


Eastern and central Asia, in eastern Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Mongolia.



Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • G. s. solitaria:
  • G. s. japonica:


River valleys, mountain bogs, marshes and swamps.



Its nest is saucer-shaped and made of dry grass, hidden in a dense tuft of grass or sedges.


It forages by pushing its long bill deep into the mud seeking invertebrates, such as insects and worms, seeds and plants.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia

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