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Gallinago megala
Photo by tf1044x
South Korea, 2005



  • Black, brown, buff and white plumage


Breeds in southern Siberia and Mongolia; winters to eastern and southern India, Sri Lanka, south-eastern China, South-east Asia, New Guinea, Philippines and northern Australia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Breeds in meadows and forest glades. Can be found in a variety of habitats when not breeding, including marshes, paddy fields, sewage farms. Shallow water and mud is required for feeding.


The diet includes earthworms, molluscs and insects.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Wikipedia

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