Greater Painted-Snipe

 A genus of wader in the Rostratulidae family is the Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis). In Africa , South Asia and South-east Asia, it is found in marshes.


Greater Painted-Snipe


A medium-sized, plump bird wading. A long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at the tip, and a distinct patch of white or pink eyes. The wings are rounded, buff-spotted and the tail short. The white breast runs over the top of the folded wing.

The female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with a dark chestnut brown on the sides of the head, neck, and throat and a clear black band around the breast; the male is paler and greyer. It is unusual.


Greater Painted-Snipe

The females court the males, as predicted by parental investment theory, are polyandrous with males incubating and raising the young. Chicks have black streaks extending down their length and are buff coloured. Immature birds are male-like, but the broken dark band around the breast is absent. Males are also known to bring the chicks under the wings to safety.


Greater Painted-Snipe


Typically, the nest is a shallow scrape in soft dirt, lined with plant material and placed at the water's edge between grass or reeds; often a vegetation pad or a grass and weed nest. The season for breeding is between April and July.


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