Large and relatively nondescript, the Andean Snipe is uncommon in a broad range of wet, boggy habitats from páramo to open woodland and surrounding pasture, especially in areas of Espeletia shrub. It is found along the Andes from 2,100-4,400m, ranging from Venezuela into central Bolivia. The Andean Snipe lacks the pale mantle and head markings typical of snipe, shows no white on the wings or its barred tail, and has darker underparts than Noble and South American Snipe. Less restricted to water than other species, the Andean Snipe is often found resting far from any water. It gives a series of repeated calls during long, wide display flights. This species is sometimes considered conspecific with the Fuegian Snipe of southern Chile and Argentina, with the complex known as the Cordilleran Snipe.