Jameson’s Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni)

Order: Charadriiformes | Family: Scolopacidae | IUCN Status: Least Concern

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Coca, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Papallacta, Ecuador

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Cusco, Peru

Identification & Behavior: ~29.5 cm (11.6 in). The Andean Snipe has a patterned plumage. The back consistently shows feathers with rusty scribbles and pale or buff stripes. The underparts are all barred with black or dusky. It is distinguished from the similar Puna Snipe by being larger and having the entire underparts barred. Also, see Noble Snipe.

Status: The Andean Snipe is fairly common in wet grass or muddy edges of water at elevations ranging between 2800-3600 m. It also occurs in Co, Ec, and Bo.

Name in Spanish: Becasina Andina.

Sub-species: Andean Snipe (Gallinago jamesoni), Jardine and Bonaparte 1855.

Meaning of Name: Gallinago= L. Galli=hen chicken and ago= similar. jamesoni= in honor of James Sligo Jameson, Scottish naturalist, explorer, hunter, and author.

See more of the Family Scolopacidae   peru aves

Distribution Map
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    • Species range based on: Schulenberg, T. S., D. F. Stotz, and L. Rico. 2006. Distribution maps of the birds of Peru, version 1.0. Environment, Culture & Conservation (ECCo). The Field Museum.  http://fm2.fieldmuseum.org/uw_test/birdsofperu on 01/01/2015.