Greater painted-snipe


Greater painted snipe is medium sized, plump bird.

How does the bird appear…

Greater painted snipe shows sexual dimorphism but both have long curved tip and webbed feet.

Female– Female is larger and more brightly coloured. It has white patches around the eyes, which contrasts the dark red-brown head and neck. The upperparts are dark bronze-green with fine black barring. Wings show dark grey, white and gold.

Male– It has clearly visible golden eye patch which completely contrasts its grey-brown head, ash-grey neck, and white streaked throat. Upperparts and wings gold, brown and black. Underparts are white.

Juveniles resemble the male but lack the broken dark band across the breast.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is found in tropical and subtropical wetlands. It prefers swamps, overgrown rice fields, fresh water lakes, mangroves etc.


It feeds on insects, crustaceans, mollusks and seeds.

Breeding & Nesting

It breeds from April to July. Nest is shallow cup in soft ground lined by plant material. Female is polyandrous and male plays role in incubating and caring of chicks. Male is also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.

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