Gallinago solitaria   Hodgson,  1831 (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Image copyright:Arun P Singh

Size: 29-31 cm

Sexes alike. A cryptic colored marsh bird with plump body and long, greenish-plumbeous bill; plumage variegated brown, black, rufous, fulvous and white. Crown black with a narrow white median band; supercilium broken, indistinctly mixed with white and brown, and narrowing behind the eye; scapulars with broad white outer edges; abdomen white, faintly barred at the sides; legs and feet plumbeous.

Voice: Similar to Common Snipe but deeper and harsher pench.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Solitary Snipe (English)
• Ban chaha (Hindi)
Economic Importance and Threats

Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Carnivorous, comprising small molluscs and worms
IUCN Status:  Least Concern



Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp 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 -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Oriental Bird Images Available at -

Page last updated on:2013-02-05

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