Family Sandpipers, Snipes, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Near Threatened

Snares Snipe (Coenocorypha huegeli)


French: Bécassine des Snares German: Snaresschnepfe Spanish: Chochita de las Snares

Gallinago huegeli


, 1893,

Snares Islands


Closely related to C. pusilla, with which sometimes considered conspecific, especially in past; until recently, considered conspecific with †C. iredalei and C. aucklandica, but differs from latter in extensive dense barring across lower breast and flanks and sometimes most of belly (3); much weaker, paler brown markings on upperparts with much narrower buff fringes, producing much finer and far less blotchy streaking (2); and much more densely barred uppertail (2). Monotypic.


Snares Is (North-east and Broughton; recorded on Alert Stack).

Descriptive notes

20–23 cm; 89–131 g; wingspan 30–35 cm. Small, plump, brown wader, with extensive and dense barring across lower breast, flanks and, sometimes, most of belly; upperparts... read more


Male has loud territorial call that comprises a series of vibrant monosyllabic notes that build... read more


Most numerous in moist areas beneath Olearia and Brachyglottis forest, with... read more

Food and feeding

Takes soil-dwelling invertebrates, especially earthworms, amphipods, adult beetles, and larvae and pupae of beetles and flies, mainly by... read more


Lays early Nov to early Apr, with peak hatching in Feb. Monogamous (95%), sometimes polygynous. Solitary in territory; nests at relatively... read more


None known; birds ringed on Snares Is have never been recorded > 350 m from the original site. In... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Population increasing in large part due to translocations and is currently thought to number between 1000 and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Snares Snipe (Coenocorypha huegeli). 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 23 January 2020).