Birds of Colombia

    CHARADRIIFORMES: Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Snipes)  
Genus: Gallinago (6 species, 18 worldwide)

Wilson's Snipe
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata)
Photograph by Nigel from Vancouver     Copyright and usage info

Found at all altitudes, and smaller than Noble Snipe.

Imperial Snipe
Imperial Snipe (Gallinago imperialis) Near Threatened
  Image credit: Exotic Ornithology, London, 1869, illustration by Bernard Quaritch.
Photograph by Prints     Copyright and usage info

The Imperial Snipe is a medium-sized snipe that is more similar to the American Woodcock than other South American snipes (HBW). Note sharp change of color from chest to belly. Found in bogs at treeline (at high altitude where forest ends).

Jameson's Snipe
Jameson's Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni)
Papallacta, Ecuador
  Note thick base to bill and more barred belly than Noble Snipe.
Photograph by Angus Pritchard   © All Rights Reserved.

Noble Snipe
Noble Snipe (Gallinago nobilis) Near Threatened
Sumapaz National Park, Colombia  
Photograph by Tom Friedel   © All Rights Reserved.

A large snipe generally found in high altitude marshes in the paramo. Note white belly.
Probing for food.

Pantanal Snipe
Pantanal Snipe (Gallinago paraguaiae)
Parque IguaƧu, Curitiba, Brazil  
Photograph by Ben Tavener     Copyright and usage info

A small snipe closely related to Wilson's Snipe in North American and Common Snipe in Eurasia. Widespread and found up to mid altitude levels in the Andes. In 2020 the Magellanic Snipe of the Southern Cone was split from this species.

Giant Snipe
Giant Snipe (Gallinago undulata gigantea)
REGUA, Cachoeiras de Macacu, RJ, Brazil  
Photograph by Francesco Veronesi     Copyright and usage info


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