Swinhoe's Snipe  |  

Gallinago megala

Swinhoe’s Snipe is a medium sized member of the Gallinagoniae family. It has a length of 27–29 cm, a wingspan of 38–44 cm and a weight of 120 g. The species has a long straight bill, short, broad and somewhat blunt wings, short tail and short legs. It is similiar in size to Latham’s Snipe, Gallinago hardwickii and the Pin-tailed Snipe, G. stenura. The species is distinguished by slight differences in size and structure, however, field identification is often not possible. There is no seasonal variation in plumage, the sexes are alike.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Species Profile and Threats Database, Gallinago megala

    Threats Top Global Threats There are a number of threats that affect migratory shorebirds in the Flyway.

    Global warming and associated changes in sea level are likely to have a long term impact on the breeding; staging and non breeding grounds of migratory waders (Harding et al. 2007).