Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Near Threatened

Imperial Snipe (Gallinago imperialis)


Taxonomy

French: Bécassine impériale German: Kaiserbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza imperial
Taxonomy:

Gallinago imperialis

P. L. Sclater and Salvin

, 1869,

Bogotá, Colombia

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Formerly placed in genus Chubbia. Recent phylogenetic study suggested that this species may be sister to Coenocorypha (which see), rather than to other members of genus Gallinago#R, while similarities in their displays had already been noted#R. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Isolated sites in Andes from Ecuador (S from Carchi) to Peru (Piura, Amazonas, La Libertad and Cuzco); probably more widespread. Old records from Colombia.

Descriptive notes

29–31 cm; one male 196 g. Large, dark rufous woodcock-like snipe, with very broad, rounded wings and slightly drooping bill; lacks pale stripes on head and upperparts;... read more

Voice

Song given in high flight, usually pre-dawn or in last light of dusk (and at night during breeding... read more

Habitat

Occurs in zone around treeline at 2745–3800 m, where probably mainly restricted to bogs and... read more

Food and feeding

No information available. Thought to feed on worms (up to 10 cm long) and arthropods by probing in layer of thick mosses, venturing into... read more

Breeding

Virtually nothing known, but nest recently discovered in early Apr in far S Ecuador. The latter was a flimsy construction comprising a few... read more

Movements

Probably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. No population estimate available, and biology virtually unknown; species apparently occurs at very low... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Imperial Snipe (Gallinago imperialis). 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/53884 on 14 October 2019).