Common Snipe

Alaska species birds FWS Tim Bowman commonsnipe

Photo Credit: Tim Bowman

Great camouflage and a long bill that is used for probing mud and sand for invertebrates are the key features of the Common Snipe. You often won't see these common birds until the flush from underfoot and once they fly you might not see them again. Parenting of this species is unique in that females usually lay four eggs. The first two chicks to hatch leave the nest with the father and the second two follow the mother. The two family pods don't have any contact once the father leaves.


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