Scientific name: Gallinago gallinago
Nature Stars: 50
About: A medium-sized wader, about 20cm long. Brown with an intricate pattern of black and gold stripes and bars, with a stripey brown and gold head. Short greyish-green legs and a very long, straight bill. Snipe live in marshes and wet grassland, where they nes
How to identify: Fairly unmistakeable. The larger Woodcock is a bird of woodlands, while the rarer Jack Snipe is smaller and darker with a much shorter bill.
Where: Widespread, a fairly uncommon breeding bird but common winter visitor, found on wet grassland and marshes.
Fantastic fact: Snipe have a flexible tip to the beak which is also full of nerves: they can feel for worms deep underground and then open the end of their beak to grab them.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc