Common Snipe

Scientific Name: Gallinago gallinago
Common Name: Common Snipe

Identifying Features: short greenish-grey legs, very long straight dark bill, white belly, brown from top with yellowish streaks

Fun Facts:

  • Philip Manson-Bahr is credited with unravelling the mystery of how the snipe creates that unusual breathy sound which is unlike other birdsong.
  • It is a well camouflaged bird, it is usually shy and conceals itself close to ground vegetation and flushes only when approached closely.


This image was clicked by Natural England – via Flickr.

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