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Bird name:

Jack Snipe

Lymnocryptes minimus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers (Scolopacidae)

BTO 2

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BTO 5

JACSN

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CONSERVATION STATUS

UK Conservation Status


Green Status

European Conservation Status


Conservation Description


The Jack Snipe winters in much of the UK, Isle of Man, and Ireland. It has a "Green" status because of its large, stable population.

SUMMARY

Overview

Jack Snipe: Small, Starling-sized shorebird that hides until flushing from underfoot. Mottled red-brown and black on upperparts with pale yellow streaks. Underparts white with brown and black streaking on throat, breast, and sides. Head with dark brown crown, dark stripes on pale brown face.


Range and Habitat

Jack Snipe: Winter visitor across much of the UK and Ireland. Birds arrive from summer breeding grounds in northern Europe in autumn and stay through winter. Can be seen in most wet lowland areas, such as mudflats, salt marshes, reed beds, and muddy waterways.

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SONGS AND CALLS

Voice Text

"gah", "ogogok-ogogok-ogogok"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Jack Snipe is the world's smallest snipe and the only member of its genus.
  • The male performs an aerial courtship display, and has a sound like a galloping horse.
  • When feeding along the ground, this bird has a distinctive bobbing or bouncing style of motion, as if the bird is on springs.
  • A group of snipes has many collective nouns, including a "leash", "walk", "whisper", "winnowing", and "volley" of snipes.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
BreastX
The upper front part of a bird.
CrownX
The crown is the top part of the birds head.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
4 and 6 letter alpha codesX

The four letter common name alpha code is is derived from the first two letters of the common first name and the first two letters of common last name. The six letter species name alpha code is derived from the first three letters of the scientific name (genus) and the first three letters of the scientific name (species). See (1) below for the rules used to create the codes..

Four-letter (for English common names) and six-letter (for scientific names) species alpha codes were developed by Pyle and DeSante (2003, North American Bird-Bander 28:64-79) to reflect A.O.U. taxonomy and nomenclature (A.O.U. 1998) as modified by Supplements 42 (Auk 117:847-858, 2000) and 43 (Auk 119:897-906, 2002). The list has been updated by Pyle and DeSante to reflect changes reported by the A.O.U from 2003 through 2006.

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ITIS CodesX

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) was established in the mid-1990 s as a cooperative project among several federal agencies to improve and expand upon taxonomic data (known as the NODC Taxonomic Code) maintained by the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

To find the ITIS page for a bird species go to the ITIS web site advanced search and report page at http://www.itis.gov/advanced_search.html. You can enter the TSN or the common name of the bird. It will return the ITIS page for that bird. Another way to obtain the ITIS page is to use the Google search engine. Enter the string ITIS followed by the taxonomic ID, for example "ITIS 178041" will return the page for the Allen's Hummingbird.

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Head Feathers and MarkingsX
Parts of a Flying birdX