Bird : Gallinago gallinago ( Common Snipe - Μπεκατσίνι )

Gallinago gallinago ( Common Snipe - Μπεκατσίνι )



The common snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is a small, stocky wader native to the Old World. The breeding habitat is marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows throughout northern Europe and northern Asia. It is migratory, with European birds wintering in southern and western Europe and Africa (south to the Equator), and Asian migrants moving to tropical southern Asia.

Description

Adults are 25–27 cm  in length with a 44–47 cm wingspan and a weight of 80–140 g (up to 180g  pre-migration). They have short greenish-grey legs and a very long (5.5–7 cm) straight dark bill. The body is mottled brown with straw-yellow stripes on top and pale underneath. They have a dark stripe through the eye, with light stripes above and below it. The wings are pointed. Wikipedia