French: Bécassine des Auckland German: Aucklandschnepfe Spanish: Chochita de las Auckland
Other common names:
Subantarctic Snipe, New Zealand Snipe (when lumped with †C. iredalei and C. huegeli)
G. R. Gray
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. aucklandica
(G. R. Gray, 1845) – Auckland Is (Disappointment, Ewing and Adams; reported also on Figure of Eight, Rose, Enderby, Ocean and Dundas).
C. a. perseverance
Miskelly & A. J. Baker, 2010 – Campbell I and Jacquemart I (Campbell Is).
C. a. meinertzhagenae
Rothschild, 1927 – Antipodes Is (Antipodes, Bollons, Archway and Inner Windward).
21–24 cm; 82–129 g; wingspan 30–35 cm. Small, compact snipe with very short legs and long, slightly drooping bill. Nominate is largest and palest race, with... read more
Nocturnal drumming display (‘hakawai’), similar to that of C. pusilla and C. huegeli... read more
Cool temperate and subantarctic islands, occurring in tussock grassland on cliff tops, and in moist... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly soil-dwelling invertebrates, such as earthworms, amphipods, isopods, small spiders, adult beetles, various insects (including... read more
Overall lays mid-Aug to Apr; nominate between late Sept and Jan (peak late Nov), race meinertzhagenae from mid Aug to early Nov... read more
Presumably sedentary, even within island groups, although race perseverance was apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Total population estimated at 34,000 birds but might be much higher, with Auckland Is probably holding more... read more
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