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Wilson's Snipe - (Gallinago delicata) 



  • Medium-sized, stocky shorebird
  • Generally brown above, white below
  • Striped head and down back
  • Very long bill, short legs
  • 10.5" (27 cm.)


  • Sedge meadows
  • Shallow marsh

Additional Information

  • Common migrant, fairly common
         summer resident
  • Sometimes found in winter along
         open spring streams
  • Flushes with a rapid, zigzag flight
  • Spring courtship ritual of "winnowing", a
         sound made with the tail
         feathers during flight

Comparable Species

  • American Woodcock

Close up of a Wilson's Snipe struting along the ground

Wilson's Snipe hiding among the wetland vegetation

Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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