Name: Snipe

Scientific name: Gallinago gallinago

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A medium-sized wader, about 20cm long. Brown with an intricate pattern of black and gold stripes and bars, with a stripey brown and gold head. Short greyish-green legs and a very long, straight bill. Snipe live in marshes and wet grassland, where they nes

How to identify: Fairly unmistakeable. The larger Woodcock is a bird of woodlands, while the rarer Jack Snipe is smaller and darker with a much shorter bill.

Where: Widespread, a fairly uncommon breeding bird but common winter visitor, found on wet grassland and marshes.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 50
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 70

Fantastic fact: Snipe have a flexible tip to the beak which is also full of nerves: they can feel for worms deep underground and then open the end of their beak to grab them.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


  • Foxonis
    • Date: 2011-01-06 16:18:16
    • Foxonis

    so have i

  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-02-19 13:59:27
    • Foxalas

    I have seen one!!