French: Rhynchée peinte German: Goldschnepfe Spanish: Aguatero bengalí
Egypt, sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar; NE Afghanistan (old records) and Pakistan E to NE China, and S Japan, and S through SE Asia, Greater Sundas and Philippines to Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, and perhaps Timor#R). Status in extreme SE Russia (Ussuriland) uncertain#R.
23–28 cm; c. 90–200 g; wingspan 50–55 cm. Strong sexual dimorphism in plumage and also in size. Male has golden eye-patch, crown stripe and “V”... read more
Female utters soft, metallic, drawn-out hooting calls, likened to human blowing over a bottle,... read more
Wetlands in tropical and subtropical lowlands, generally up to c. 1800 m in Himalayas and in Zambia... read more
Food and feeding
Omnivorous. Invertebrates taken include insects, snails, earthworms and crustaceans; also seeds, including a variety of grasses, rice and... read more
Mostly breeds during or immediately after rains in Africa, with laying mainly Mar–Jun in W & C Africa, Aug–Nov in S South... read more
Mainly sedentary in Asia, and in Egypt. Short migrations reported from NE China (where apparently... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Generally uncommon to frequent and even locally common. Few population estimates available, and population trends difficult to... read more
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