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Swinhoe's Snipe Gallinago megala  
Swinhoe's Snipe
Photographer : © Jayan Thomas
Location :Kannur, Kerala, India
Date : 17 March 2013
English synonyms:Chinese Snipe, Marsh Snipe, Forest Snipe
Bird Family :Scolopacinae - Snipes & Woodcocks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This snipe had a long bill and tail. It was more brown than the other Pintail Snipes seen here and a less shy bird. Most of the time it was seen feeding in the water of the mud flats separately from the other Pin-tailed Snipes. - JT

Probably this species but see notes below. - Ed

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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