Gallinago media   (Latham,  1787) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: length c. 28cm

Slightly more robust in build, darker, and more heavily barred below than Fantail Snipe, but doubtfully distinguishable from it at rest. In flight- which is slower, less zigzag, and usually unaccompanied by the characteristic flushing note pench - the larger amount of white in the tail (outside feathers) is at once striking. Sexes alike.

Synonym (s)
Scolopax media (Latham, 1787)

Common Name (s)
• Great Snipe (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Threats:  Anthropogenic
(Destruction and deterioration of nesting habitats. Habitat loss due to climate change may represent the most severe threat.)

Habitat:  Estuarine
Trophic Level:  Consumer
Prey:  Its diet consists predominantly of earthworms as well as gastropods, adult and larval terrestrial insects (beetles, tipulids), and the seeds of marsh plants
IUCN Status:  NearThreatened


• 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 -
  • Arkive: Images of life on earth 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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