Order Charadriiformes

Family Rostratulidae

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  • Medium-sized waders, superficially resembling true snipes, with large eyes, long bill and relatively short, broad wings.
  • All regions except Nearctic and Antarctic.
  • Wetlands, especially swamps and wet grassland, normally at low altitude.
  • 19-28 cm.
  • 2 genera, 3 species, 3 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Kirwan, G.M. & Bonan, A. (2019). Painted-snipes (Rostratulidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52236 on 14 December 2019).