Gallinago megala   (Swinhoe,  1861) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

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Size: length(including bill) c. 29cm

Habit: Affects marshy edges of jheels, wet paddy stubbles (inland as well as those under tidal influence), seeapge marshes from dammed reservoirs in the foothills.

Color: Coloration above and below (including white centre of abdomen) confusingly similar to Pintail Snipe

Breeding: Extralimital

Synonym (s)
Capella megala (Swinhoe, 1861)

Common Name (s)
• Swinhoe's Snipe (English)
• Chaha (Hindi)
• Chuntan kata (Malayalam)
• Muku puredi (Telugu)
• Pan lawa (Marathi)
• Mor ullan, Ullan kuruvi (Tamil)
• Garkhod (Gujarati)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  chiefly worms, larvae and tiny molluscs
IUCN Status:  Least Concern


• Assam (Lat: 26.21) (Long: 92.93) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Island (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Manipur (Lat: 24.68) (Long: 93.90) INDIA
• Kerala INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • PBase Available at -
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • Ali S and Ripley SD (1969) Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan Oxford university press 2 1-337pp Available at - NIO

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