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Short, stocky wading bird, 26-28cm (10ΒΌ-11 in) . in length, with wingspan of 43-51cm.
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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.
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