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“Gallinago Gallinago”

The Snipe of the Sandpipers Snipes and Phalaropes families nan amber listed bird.

They are medium sized wading birds with short legs and long straight bills.

They are mottled brown above with pale stripes on the

back.  They have dark streaks on the chest 

and are pale underneath.

They are 23 to 28cm in length

They have a wingspan of between 39 and 45cm

They weigh in at between 80 and 120g

80,000 pairs breed in the uk with up to 1 million birds spend the winter here.