French: Bécassine malgache German: Madagaskarbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza malgache
Madagascar, mainly in C & E, from Tsaratanana S to Mandena and W to R Sakay on C plateau.
29–32 cm; 216 g (one female). Large, heavy, long-billed snipe. Structurally similar to G. nigripennis, but with less contrast between upperparts and underparts... read more
Aerial display, given only during breeding season including at night, is not well documented but... read more
Grassy and sedge-covered marshes and swamps including tall papyrus beds, margins of watercourses,... read more
Food and feeding
Invertebrates, seeds and other plant matter recorded. Probes deeply into mud; normally feeds in muddy areas or shallow water. Outside... read more
Poorly known. Laying probably Jul–Jan, probably until Apr and year-round breeding possible. Nest a depression on dry hummock,... read more
Apparently sedentary, although it has been suggested that species is only a visitor to Île... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Overall population estimated at 1800–7500 individuals and considered to be declining; apparently uncommon within restricted breeding range, but, as with... read more
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