Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Near Threatened

Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis)


French: Bécassine noble German: Nobelbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza noble

Gallinago nobilis

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

Bogotá, Colombia




N Andes from extreme NW Venezuela (S Táchira) through C Colombia and Ecuador to NW Peru (Piura, N Cajamarca).

Descriptive notes

30–33 cm; 188–197 g. Medium-sized, bulky snipe with disproportionately long, two-toned bill; underwing relatively dark; wings rather broad and rounded; tail... read more


Display flight by male is given at dawn and dusk, or for most of the night if moonlit, is typically... read more


Montane grassy wetlands, swamps and bogs, wet savannas, rushy pasture and reedy marsh adjoining... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Season Mar–Sept, probably mainly during wet season, with eggs collected in Jul (Venezuela) and Sept (Colombia) and a pullus also in... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. No population estimates available; locally fairly common in Colombia. Very poorly known; research required.... read more

Recommended citation

Van Gils, J., Wiersma, P. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis). 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 on 20 February 2020).