Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Number 282 bird of Borneo - Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago

This is my number 282 bird of my humble project to photodocument the birds of Borneo, Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago. Like all snipe, a cryptically plumaged bird that camouflage well within its surrounding.
Common Snipe
 
Common Snipe
 Common Snipe
According the Quentin Phillips, the Common Snipe is probably the least common of the three  common snipe in Borneo, the other being Pintail and Swinhoe's  Snipes.

Key ID features are; a very long straight bill; a longish tail; the brown loral stripe broaden towards the bill base, where it is wider than the supercilium. Two broad creamy-buff line edge the mantle and upper-scapular feathers, the lower scapular fringes are wider at the lower edge, the dark tertial bars are wider than the pale ones.

Happy birding.


REFERENCES 
Phillipps, Q & Phillipps, K. (2009) Phillipps' field guide to the birds of Borneo, Oxford, UK: John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd. 

Message, S & Taylor, D. (2005) Field Guide To The Waders of Europe, Asia and North America, London,UK:Christopher Helm


2 comments:

Azahari Reyes @ Jason a.k.a horukuru said...

Sifu at Penampang ka ? Cantik !

Wong Tsu Shi said...

No lah, at Tawau.