Species Details


Swinhoe's Snipe Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gallinago megala
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Haors
Description : The Swinhoe’s Snipe is a cryptically patterned marsh bird with a long bill (adult bird length approximately 26 cm, wing 14 cm, bill 6.7 cm, tarsus 3.3 cm, tail 5.5 cm). It has brown upperparts with buff and black markings forming stripes from its head to the tail. It feeds on earthworms, insects and their larvae, land snails and some seeds. During the breeding season, the preferred habitat of this species includes forest glades and meadows. These areas provide suitable conditions for breeding and raising their young. However, during the non-breeding season, their habitat shifts to shallow freshwater wetlands of various types, such as paddy fields and sewage farms. These wetlands offer the necessary resources for feeding, with bare mud or shallow water available. Additionally, the presence of nearby vegetation cover serves as a source of protection and shelter for the birds. This change in habitat allows them to adapt to different environmental conditions and optimize their survival strategies throughout the year.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Fatema-Tuz-Zohora,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;photo credit: Kim(www.inaturalist.org/people/Kim),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;more information, please contact us.