- Rostratula benghalensis
23–28 cm (9-11 in)
Female with much brown
Male much greyer, with golden eye patch and crown stripe
Large eye, and in female the uniform brown of head and neck separates from most other snipe-like species.
This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly considered conspecific with Australian Painted-snipe.
Marshes and other vegetated wetlands, both permanent and seasonal.
Looks labored on the wings.
Omnivorous; their diet includes snails, insects, worms, rice and grass seeds.
Voice is often heard after dark.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Greater Painted-snipe. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 6 May 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Greater_Painted-snipe