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Snipe

Snipe
Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genera

A snipe is any of about 25 wading bird species in three genera in the family Scolopacidae. They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and crypsis plumage. The Gallinago snipes have a nearly worldwide distribution, the Lymnocryptes jack snipe is restricted to Asia and Europe and the Coenocorypha snipes are found only in the Outlying Islands of New Zealand. The three species of painted snipe are not closely related to the typical snipes, and are placed in their own family, the Rostratulidae.

Contents

  • Behavior 1
  • Hunting 2
  • See also 3
  • Footnotes 4
  • External links 5

Behavior

Snipes search for

  • Snipe videos on the Internet Bird Collection
  • http://www.fssbirding.org.uk/snipesonogram.htm

External links

  1. ^  
  2. ^ "snipe publisher=Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 2010-02-19. 

Footnotes

See also

"Going on a snipe hunt" is a phrase suggesting a fool's errand, or an impossible task. It is often used as a practical joke upon campers, and those unfamiliar with hunting, by those more experienced.

Camouflage may enable snipe to remain undetected by hunters in marshland. If the snipe flies, hunters have difficulty estimating a correct aiming lead for the bird's erratic flight pattern. The difficulties involved in hunting snipe gave rise to the term “sniper”, referring to a skilled anti-personnel military sharpshooter.[2]

Depiction of a snipe hunter, by A. B. Frost

Hunting

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