Greater Painted-snipe

Scientific Name: Rostratula benghalensis
Common Name: Greater Painted-snipe

Identifying Features: long reddish-brown bill, a light eye patch, brown body, white breast, spotted wings, short tail

Fun Facts:

  • Rather shy and retiring, skulking close to the vegetation so that it can retreat to cover if disturbed.
  • The female initiates courtship and may mate with more than one male. The male incubates the eggs and takes the parental care. Males are also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.
  • Not a vocal species.


This image was clicked by France Vandewalle – via Flickr.

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