13 November, 2009

Common Snipe

Scientific Name: Gallinago gallinago

Population Estimate: 6.3M - 8.1M

Range / Habitat: The common snipe breeds from Alaska to Newfoundland south to the mid-United States. It is also found in Europe, Northern Africa and Asia.

Field Notes: The common snipe is a meduim-sized wading bird with a long, straight, pointed, black bill. It has a brown body with black bars, a striped head and back and a white belly. The common snipe's legs are shorter than most wading birds' legs.

Personal Notes: It was amazing to hear these birds drumming on their breeding grounds in northern Iceland.

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