French: Bécassine géante German: Riesenbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza gigante
Subspecies and Distribution
G. u. undulata
(Boddaert, 1783) – W & E Colombia; Venezuela to extreme N Brazil (N Roraima) and E to the Guianas.
G. u. gigantea
(Temminck, 1826) – E Bolivia, E Paraguay and SE Brazil; probably also Uruguay and NE Argentina.
36–47 cm; race undulata 270–362 g, race gigantea 420–500 g. Largest snipe, with flat-headed profile, and bill very long with broad base;... read more
Noises during display flight (up to 300 m above ground) very different to those of G. gallinago... read more
In swamps with tall vegetation, damp heath-like vegetation, marshy pastures and flooded grasslands... read more
Food and feeding
Virtually nothing known; diet said to include frogs, but gizzard contents of specimens collected in Surinam contained solely vegetable... read more
Very poorly known. Tiny eggs in oviduct in Jan in Surinam; nests found in Sept in Brazil, and from Nov to early Mar. Often nests on small... read more
Virtually nothing known; arrives at some sites seasonally, apparently after rain, but direct... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered Near Threatened in Paraguay. No population estimates available, but Brazil, where the species is scarce as far N as Bahia... read more
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