Gallinago delicata | Wilson’s snipe

Vagrant

A plump and well-camoflauged shorebird, the Wilson’s snipe has a mottled brown appearance with a whitish underside. With short legs and a thin, straight bill that is more than double the length of its head, it feeds by probing its bill up and down in wet soil, in a sewing machine-like manner. While wintering in Hawaii, Wilson’s snipes can be found in muddy wetlands, flooded fields, and marshes.



Hotspots for Wilson’s snipe