Adult Jack Snipe (Lymnocryptes minimus) at Rutland Water - April 2013
Jack Snipe are the smaller and more secretive relation of the Common Snipe. They aren't actually that rare, and the main issue is that they are one of the stealthiest birds found in this country. They are very well camoflaged and even more so than snipe will only generally be flushed at very close rangeat which point they tend to quickly drop back into the undergrowth. Visually, they are pretty similar to Snipe but smaller, shorter and with a substantially shorter beak. They are also prone to a characteristic bobbing when moving where they will be constantly bobbing as they move and feed.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A Winter migrant in variable numnbers, (anywhere between 110,000 birds)
- Single birds seen at Rutland Water in April 2013, .
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List