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Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala  
Swinhoe's Snipe
Photographer : © Lo Chun Fai
Location :Long Valley, Hong Kong, China
Date : 27 November 2014
English synonyms:Chinese Snipe, Marsh Snipe, Forest Snipe
Bird Family :Scolopacinae - Snipes & Woodcocks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Not 100% sure. But the longer tail, longer bill and distinctive primary projection make me believe this is Swinhoe's but not Pintail. With Common Snipe
Taxonomic Notes :

Positive field separation of this species compared with Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura is currently regarded as impossible, unless the spread tail is seen well or photographed, due to considerable overlap of field characters. Images of these two species posted here are therefore tentative, reflecting the opinion of the photographer and do not imply endorsement by the editors. They are, however, considered useful for reference in case future research determines better ways of separating the two species.
Ref: Leader. P.J. and Carey, G.J. (2003). Identification of Pintail Snipe and Swinhoe’s Snipe, British Birds 96, No. 4, Pages 178 – 198.

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