Appearance The Common Snipe is a small bird, 10.5" (27cm), streaked with buffy-yellow and dark brown on top, while its underparts are white, with a buff-striped breast and barring on the sides. It has a striped face and head, with a very long, straight bill. Its long legs are olive-green in colour.
Habits Common Snipes are seen either solitary, or in small groups. When flushed, its flight is a rapid zig-zag pattern and it flies far.
Diet Common Snipes are mostly found at a waters edge, eating aquatic insects, worms, small crustaceans and mollusks. Due to the structure of their bill, they can open just the tip and eat underwater, without needing to raise their long bills from the bottom of the water. Occasionally, they also take seeds and small fruits.
Resident The Common Snipe is a palaeartic migrant, visiting Kenya between October and March. It breeds from Central Africa, to as far north as the Arctic tundras. Largely seen in the western half of Kenya.
Extra Facts The bill of the Common Snipe is 2.5" (6.5cm) long, nearly a quarter of its overall length.
Photographs Photographed in Kenya's Olare Orok Conservancy.
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