French: Bécassine des bois German: Nepalbekassine Spanish: Agachadiza del Himalaya
Himalayas from NW India (Himachal Pradesh) through S & E Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and NE India (Arunachal Pradesh and extreme NE Assam) to SC China (W Sichuan); possibly also Pakistan. Winters in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, N & C Laos#R, N Vietnam and, rarely, N Thailand.
28–32 cm; 142–198 g; wingspan 46 cm. Large, dark, woodcock-like snipe with broad, rounded wings and barred underparts, extending to belly; plumage somewhat... read more
In display, mainly in half-light of dawn and dusk (more occasionally in daylight) and both on... read more
Woodlands (e.g. along streams) and dense tall herbage, especially at relatively high altitude... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly known. Worms, small aquatic insects and their larvae and seeds. Usually feeds singly.
Virtually unknown; nest apparently never discovered. Male performs aerial roding display (see Voice), but apparently never produces... read more
Probably partly sedentary, although many birds move down to lower altitudes after breeding season,... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. One of least known of all snipes and some historical (and even contemporary) records are almost certainly erroneous (see also Movements); believed to be very rare... read more
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