- Gallinago delicata
Short, stocky wading bird, 26-28cm (10¼-11 in) . in length, with wingspan of 43-51cm.
Overall similar to other shorebirds, with long legs and rounded body. Long straight bill, brown and white plumage with strong longitudinal stripes on head; dark spotted back and breast, and buff to white underbelly Black eyes are set back on head. Greenish legs and (large) feet.
Formerly lumped within Common Snipe (gallinago) of the Old World.
Freshwater marshes and swamps, and in open country near lakes, rivers, and ponds.
Usually solitary in open ground near water. Secretive; moves slowly and methodically remaining concealed with its camouflage coloration; difficult to spot until it flies.
Probes in mud for insects, larvae, and worms.
Flight pattern is diagnostic; zig zags about, frequently climbing steeply, then dropping steeply to land after a short flight. Bill often held downward during flight to give unique appearance. Sometimes rests on fence posts and telephone poles.
Nests on the the ground in well-concealed nests.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Wilson's Snipe. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 23 October 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Wilson%27s_Snipe
- A thread discussing the differences between Common and Wilson's Snipe is here