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Breeding pair, female upright
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Basai Wetlands, Gurgaon, Haryana, India, 19 March 2014
Rostratula benghalensis


23–28 cm (9-11 in)
Female with much brown
Male much greyer, with golden eye patch and crown stripe

Similar species

Large eye, and in female the uniform brown of head and neck separates from most other snipe-like species.


Locally in Africa, Madagascar and Asia.

Photo © by John Keep
Near Kotu Stream, The Gambia, March 2005


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.


Photo © by Dave 2x
Thailand, August 2012

Voice is often heard after dark.


  1. 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/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved August 2014)

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