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Bhutan, April 2010
Gallinago nemoricola


28-32 cm. Buff and black head-stripes, broad buff stripes on blackish mantle and scapulars, buff neck and breast with brown streaking, dense, dark bars on underwing-coverts, greenish legs. Juvenile has whiter fringing on mantle and scapulars and pale buff fringes to median coverts.


Breeds north-east India, Nepal, Bhutan, south-east Tibet, and China. In winter, it occurs at lower altitudes in the Himalayas, and northern Vietnam.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Summer - alpine meadows, marshes with scattered low bushes, dwarf scrub in barren, boulder strewn areas; winter - swampy ground in and at the edge of evergreen forest, marshy grassland and scrub.



It builds large nests in trees.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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