Puna Snipe (Gallinago andina)

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

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Juliaca

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin

Age: Adult | Sex: Unknown | Loc. Lake Junin

Identification & Behavior: ~24 cm (9.4 in) The Puna Snipe has a patterned head and rest of the upperparts. The back shows conspicuous pale or buff stripes. The neck, breast, and sides are barred, but the center of the belly is pale and unbarred. It is secretive in marshy and muddy habitats often near water. It is very similar to the South American Snipe, but their ranges are not known to overlap. It performs crepuscular air displays.

Status: The Puna Snipe is fairly common at its preferred habitat at elevations ranging between 3000 -4600 m. It also occurs in Ec, Bo, and Ch.

Name in Spanish: Becasina de la Puna.

Sub-species: Puna Snipe (Gallinago andina andina), Taczanowski 1875.

Meaning of Name: Gallinago= L. Galli=hen chicken and ago= similar. andina: originating from the Andes.

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.