Alternative name: Ethiopian Snipe
Photo by Mybs
Paarl Sewage Works, March 2005
- Gallinago nigripennis
- Brown upperparts, head and neck, streaked and patterned with bold dark brown stripes.
- Gold edges to the feathers form 'braces' down the back
- White belly, though there is some brown barring on the flanks
- Long pinkish-brown bill
- Yellowish-olive to greenish-grey legs and feet
Immatures have pale fringes on the wing coverts
Locally in highlands of eastern and southern Africa.
Western Africa: Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola
Eastern Africa: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi
Southern Africa: Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Swaziland
Wet mountain moorland and swamps.
It builds a saucer-shaped nest of dry grass in the drier areas of marshes, concealed in a dense tuft of grass or rushes.
It forages by pushing its long bill deep into the mud seeking insects and worms.
- Clements, James F. 2007. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2007. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. ISBN 9780801445019#Avibase
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