Great Snipe

Gallinago media

Armenian Name: Կրկնակտցար
Species Status: Endangered Species - Species of Special Concern
Great Snipe

See Plate 29 for Great Snipe and other similar species

Resident Status: Migrant, Winter Visitor
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:27-29 cm, Wing Span:47-50 cm
Distribution Map: Map 134.
Description: Stout-bodied snipe with long bill and extensively white outertail feathers. Brownish upperparts with pale feather edges and blackish feather stripes. Pure white tips on upperwing coverts. Underparts off-white, extensively barred with dark-brown on flanks and sides of belly.
Adult (Non-breeding): Appear duller and darker.
Similar Species: Difficult to separate from Common Snipe, but in flight, Great Snipe has a deep breast, prominent white tips to wing coverts, restricted white belly, and extensively white outertail feathers.
Behavior: Escape flight lacks zigzag of Common Snipe; typically is short and direct with deep slow wingbeats, and ends with bird suddenly dropping into cover. Very difficult to observe on ground.
Habitat: Wet edges of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs; grassy wet meadows.
Food: Aquatic and terrestrial invertebrates.