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Giant Snipe Gallinago undulata

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Given its crepuscular and nocturnal habits that the Giant Snipe is a relatively poorly known and infrequently observed species is unsurprising. The species’ range is wide, but apparently highly fragmented, in the north being found over parts of northern Colombia, Venezuela, northernmost Brazil and the Guianas, while in the south a separate subspecies occurs in eastern Bolivia, Paraguay and over much of southern Brazil, albeit locally. Throughout, the species inhabits tall, swampy vegetation, wet pastures, and flooded grasslands, at elevations up to at least 2200 m. As befits its name, the Giant Snipe is the largest of its genus, and has a very long, deep-based bill; plumage, however, is broadly typical of all Gallinago. The Giant Snipe is usually encountered alone, but is most likely to be detected by either a chance ‘flushing’, or by listening for the species’ display-flight calls in a suitable locality at nightfall.

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  • Year-round
  • Migration
  • Breeding
  • Non-breeding

Recommended Citation

Giant Snipe (Gallinago undulata), Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/giasni1