A Field Guide to the Prairie

Common Snipe
Photo: Minnesota Ornithological Union
Common Snipe
Gallinago gallinago
Size: 22.5 cm (9 in.)

Stocky, short-legged, pointed-winged shorebird. Explosive takeoff when flushed, rapid zigzag flight. Snipes have a very long, straight bill. Their legs are olive colored. They eat aquatic invertebrates and fish.

On the Prairie Field Guide Index

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