Species Details

@Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;

Common Snipe Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Gallinago gallinago
Family : Scolopacidae
Order : Charadriiformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Fantail Snipe
Habitat : Wetlands
Description : The Common Snipe is a cryptically patterned marsh bird with a long bill (adult bird length approximately 26 cm, weight 85 g, wing 13.5 cm, bill 6.5 cm, tarsus 3 cm, tail 5.5 cm). Its upperparts are brown with dense streaks of black, rufous and buff. It has a whitish supercilium, a dark eye stripe, pale stripe below the eye. It feeds on worms, larvae of insects, spiders, leeches, crustaceans, gastropods, small vertebrates and some seeds. The nesting habits of the common snipe involve finding a well-concealed spot on the ground. The female snipe lays a clutch of four eggs, which are dark olive in color and adorned with blotches and spots of rich brown. The incubation period is undertaken by the female and lasts approximately 18 to 21 days. Once hatched, the young snipe are covered in dark maroon down, displaying a mix of black, white, and buff patterns.

Parental care is shared by both the male and female snipe. Each parent takes responsibility for half of the brood, ensuring their well-being and development. The fledging process, during which the young snipe acquire the ability to fly, typically occurs within a span of 10 to 20 days.
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;Photo credit and copyright:Misbah Mishu,Bangladesh;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;more information, please contact us.