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BIRD OF THE WEEK
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gallinago delicata
POPULATION: 2 million
HABITAT: Marshy, open wetlands, bogs, tundra, and pond edge.
Wilson’s Snipe, named for famed American ornithologist Alexander Wilson, is a plump, long-billed shorebird that, like American Woodcock and Mountain Plover, is often found far from shorelines.
As this “Common Snipe” video indicates, Wilson’s Snipe was once considered a subspecies of Common Snipe, an Old World species. Wilson’s was recognized as a distinct species in 2003 based on number of tail feathers and other morphological and vocal differences.