What is snipe?

  • (noun): Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks.
    See also — Additional definitions below


A snipe is any of about 25 wading bird species in three genera in the family Scolopacidae. They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and crypsis plumage. The Gallinago snipes have a nearly worldwide distribution, the Lymnocryptes Jack Snipe is restricted to Asia and Europe and the Coenocorypha snipes are found only in the Outlying Islands of New Zealand. The three species of painted snipe are not closely related to the typical snipes, and are placed in their own family, the Rostratulidae.

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Campbell Snipe - History
... The existence of the Campbell Snipe was unknown until 1997 when, during a search for the Campbell Teal, there was the chance discovery of a small population on an almost inaccessible rock, Jacquemart ... Snipe are extinct on the mainland of New Zealand but continue to survive on several subantarctic islands ... as a conservation effort in the world) and it was hoped that the snipe would naturally return to their original home ...
List Of Birds Of Egypt - Painted Snipe
... Painted snipe are short-legged, long-billed birds similar in shape to the true snipes, but more brightly coloured ... Greater Painted-snipe Rostratula benghalensis ...

More definitions of "snipe":

  • (verb): Hunt or shoot snipe.
  • (verb): Aim and shoot with great precision.
    Synonyms: sharpshoot
  • (noun): A gunshot from a concealed location.