Friday, 22 March 2019

Pin-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenura)

OTHER NAMES: Pintail Snipe
Latin Etymology: Gallinago ("woodcock/snipe") stenura ("narrow tailed")
Two adult Pint-tailed Snipe (Gallinago stenuraat Phnom Krom, Cambodia - February 2019

Local Name (Khmer): ? 
Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 115g
Length: 25-27cm
Wingspan: 44-47cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

While the Common Snipe is distributed right the way across Eurasia, in the East there is a wider variety of snipe species of which the Pintail in the most common migrant.  Snipe identification is, if I'm honest, not the easiest thing in the world - they are all similarly shaped, similarly cryptically patterned birds and you probably need a bit of an experience to get the knack down, so I'm happy to defer to ours guide from the Cambodia Bird Guide Association in identifying these as Pin-tailed.

Related Species:
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Gallinago
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
CAMBODIA - Locally fairly common Winter visitor
SINGAPORE / CAMBODIA 2019 TRIP - Several at Phnom Krom

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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