French: Bécassine africaine German: Afrikanische Bekassine Spanish: Agachadiza africana
Cape of Good Hope, South Africa
Subspecies and Distribution
G. n. aequatorialis
Rüppell, 1845 – Ethiopia S to Uganda, E DRCongo, Kenya and Tanzania to Malawi, E Zimbabwe and C Mozambique.
G. n. angolensis
Bocage, 1868 – Angola and N Namibia through N Botswana to Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
G. n. nigripennis
Bonaparte, 1839 – S Mozambique and South Africa.
25–29 cm; 93–164 g. Resembles G. gallinago and other close relatives, but larger, and has darker upperparts contrasting with white belly; bill often... read more
Aerial drumming display like that of other smaller Gallinago, given over nesting area both... read more
Breeds in highland bogs, swampy lake edges and ditches, seasonally flooded grassland and wet... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly larvae of beetles, dragonflies, and flies, annelids, small crustaceans and molluscs, sometimes seeds. Chiefly crepuscular or... read more
In tropics, laying irregular, Mar–Nov, during or just after rains, e.g. at site in C Kenya, in one year nests with eggs found between... read more
No regular migration, but may move erratically several hundred kilometres from nesting grounds,... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Limits of breeding range very poorly known. Locally common (e.g. in South Africa) to abundant, but, like most snipes, true status... read more
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