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Common Snipe by Nick Appleton 5/5

Snipe Gallinago gallinago

A medium-sized wader, the snipe lives in marshes, wet grassland and moorlands, where it nests on the ground in simple scrapes. It uses its long, probing bill to find insects, earthworms and crustaceans in the mud, typically swallowing prey whole. During the breeding season, resident males perform courtship displays in which they produce a unique 'drumming' sound as their tail feathers vibrate in the wind.

Conservation status

Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015). Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981.


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Did you know? The snipe’s beak-tip is flexible and full of nerves, helping them to easily locate and feed on mud-dwelling worms and other prey.
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