Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Near Threatened

Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis)


Taxonomy

French: Bécassine noble German: Nobelbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza noble
Taxonomy:

Gallinago nobilis

P. L. Sclater

, 1856,

Bogotá, Colombia

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Food and feeding

No information available.

Breeding

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

Movements

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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53880 on 20 February 2020).