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Rostratulidae - painted snipes

Greater Painted SnipeThere are three species in this family of marsh-dwelling birds, the greater painted snipe, the Australian painted snipe, and the South American painted snipe. They look like snipes with a rounded head, large eyes, long bills, a short neck, and short legs with long toes. Most species are a mixture of browns and grays with white streaks. While these birds look like snipes, they are more closely related to jacanas.

Except for the breeding season painted snipes are solitary birds. They feed on seeds, worms, insects, snails, and small crustaceans.

The greater painted snipe is unusual in that the female is more boldly patterned than the male. The female courts the male and the male incubates the eggs and cares for the chicks!

The Australian snipe was once considered the same species as the greater painted snipe, but it is now considered a seperate species.

World Status Key
Least ConcernLeast Concern Near ThreatenedNear Threatened VulnerableVulnerable EndangeredEndangered Critically EndangeredCritically Endangered extinct in the wildExtinct in Wild extinctExtinct
Status taken from ICUN Redlist. If no status is listed, there is not enough data to establish status, or there is no status data for the species.

US Status Key
Threatened in US Threatened in US Threatened in New Hampshire Threatened in NH Endangered in US Endangered in US Endangered in NH Endangered in NH Introduced Introduced
Status taken from US Fish and Wildlife and NH Fish and Game

New Hampshire Species


 North/Central American Species

None   None

Species Around the World

Location Key
Africa Africa Asia Asia Australia Australia/Oceania Europe Europe North America North/Central America South America South America New Hampshire Species NH Species
Australian Painted Snipe - Rostratula australis Endangered Australia
Greater Painted-snipe - Rostratula benghalensis Least Concern Africa Asia

  South American Painted-snipe - Rostratula semicollaris Least Concern South America

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