Wetlands Animals

Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Principally larvae, also insects, crustaceans
Order: Charadriiformes: Auks, Waders, Laris
Size: 25.5 cm (10 in)
Family: Scolopacidae: Sandpipers Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Gallinago gallinago Habitat: marshes, wet meadows, moors
Range: Breeds in Canada, Northern USA, Europe to Northeast Asia; winters in Central and South America, Africa, India, Indonesia

Size of Common SnipeA shy, secretive bird, the common snipe has rather pointed wings, a long bill and striped and barred plumage, which provides effective camouflage among vegetation. Insects, particularly fly and beetle larvae, are the snipe's most important food items, but it also eats earthworms, small crustaceans, snails and small quantities of plant material.  Males arrive at breeding grounds before females and establish territories for display. In the most common display, the male dives through the air at great speed, causing a drumming sound as air rushes through his outer tail feathers. The nest is made on dry ground when possible and near clumps of grass, which the birds pull down over it. The 3 or 4 eggs are incubated for 17 to 19 days, usually by the female alone.

Range of Common Snipe
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