Common Snipe

Common Snipe is found near Delhi Public School Tapi at Surat. (Please wait for a few seconds while the photos load onto the gallery. This may depend on your internet speed)

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Scientific Name : Gallinago gallinago
Kingdom  : Animalia
Phylum    : Chordata
Class        : Aves
Order       : Charadriiformes
Family      : Scolopacidae
Genus       : Gallingo
Species    : G. gallinago

How to identify this bird : 
  • The common snipe as the name suggests is the most widespread of several similar snipes.
  • The adults are about 25–27 cm in length.
  • The Common Snipe has a wingspan of around 44–47 cm.
  • It weighs around 80–140 g  (up to 180 g pre-migration).
  • They have short greenish-grey legs.
  • Common Snipe has a very long (5.5–7 cm) straight dark bill.
  • The body is dark brown above with black, rufous and straw-yellow stripes above.
  • It’s body is whitish underneath.
  • They have a dark stripe through the eye, with light stripes above and below it.
  • The wings are pointed.
  • Both male and female are alike.
  • It has an erratic flight.
  • It shows a prominent white trailing edge to wing and white banding on underwing coverts.
  • Its flight call is an anxious and grating scaaap.
Where do I find this bird:
  • During winter (December – January) you can find these birds in marshy places around DPS Tapi.
  • It is a migrant from Kashmir and the Himalayas.
  • It comes down to the plains around September and goes back by April.
  • It can be found in wet paddy stubbles and grassy margins of jheels, tidal creeks, etc.
  • They probe into soft mud with their long slender bill and feed on insect larvae, worms, etc.
  • It will stay still if you try to observe it. It is completely invisible when it crouches on mud even if it is an open space. But if you approach it closely it will  make a characteristic harsh sound (pennch or scaaape) and fly away abruptly. Its flight is sudden and it takes off at great speeds in a series of quick zig-zag motion.
Local Names : 

Hindi         : Chaha
Gujarati     : Garkhod
Bengali      : Chegga, Kadakhocha
Marathi     : Pal lawa
Assamese  : ChergyaKhocha sorai, Chaha sorai
Malayalam: Chuntan kata
Tamil          : Ullan kuravi, Korra kuthi Mor ullan