Gallinago nemoricola   (Hodgson,  1836) (Bird)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Aves

Size: length (including bill) c. 31 cm

Color: Above, dark brown, concealingly patterned with black, rufous, and buff streaks. Below, breast fulvous barred with brown; rest of underparts, including abdomen, white closely barred with brown. Sexes alike.

Synonym (s)
Capella nemoricola (Hodgson, 1836)

Common Name (s)
• Wood Snipe (English)
• Chaha (Hindi)
• Kattu ullan (Tamil)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Hunting, Habitat loss is now the key threat, with substantial losses and degradation of evergreen forest, wooded wetlands, marshes and swamps in its wintering areas as a result of drainage, clearance for tea plantations, and conversion to both commercial and shifting agriculture)

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Worms, small aquatic insects and grubs
IUCN Status:  Vulnerable


• Orissa INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Kerala INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• West Bengal INDIA
• Andra Pradesh INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.66) (Long: 76.18) INDIA
• Kerala, Kol wetlands (Lat: 10.33) (Long: 75.96) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Nameer, PO (2005) Wetlands and waterfowl conservation in kerala with special reference to Ramsar sites kerala environment congress 2005 Centre for environment and development 97-112 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • (2003) IUCN Red list of threatened species Available at -
  • Animal Photo Album 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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