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Puna Snipe Gallinago andina


The Puna Snipe is a small snipe of high elevation bogs and stream margins, fairly common in moist areas of puna from 3,000 to 4,600m. It ranges from northern Peru into Bolivia and northern Chile and Argentina. A miniature version of the South American Snipe (and sometimes considered a subspecies thereof), the Puna Snipe has a shorter bill and bright yellow legs. It can be distinguished by an unmarked, white belly, a nearly white underwing, and a thin white trailing edge to the wings. In flight, it displays a web of narrow white markings on the upperside, the result of a white tips on the wing coverts, white edges of the tail, and distinct pale stripes along the mantle. Flushes with vertical flight followed by “jumps”.

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Recommended Citation

Puna Snipe (Gallinago andina), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: