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Jack Snipe - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Carl Baggott
Photographed: Higher Moors, St Mary's, Isles Of Scilly, England
Lymnocryptes minimus


Lymnocryptes minimus
Photo © by nanus
Sainte-gemmes-sur-Loire, France,
6 November 2009
  • Mottled brown upperparts, paler underneath
  • Dark stripe through the eye
  • Wings pointed and narrow
  • Yellow back stripes visible in flight
  • Habit of bobbing up and down even when otherwise standing still

Similar Species

Jack Snipe lacks the pale central crown stripe seen in for example Common Snipe which is larger and has a longer bill


Breeds from coastal Europe (Atlantic coast - UK and Scandinavia; Mediterranean coast) to Siberia; winters to tropical Africa, India and South-east Asia.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows with short vegetation.


Inclined to 'sit tight' only being flushed at the last minute


They nest in a well-hidden location on the ground, laying 3-4 eggs.


These birds forage in soft mud, probing or picking up food by sight. Diet includes insects and earthworms, also plant material.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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