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Gallinago delicataOrd, 1825
Common Name: Wilson's snipe, Becasina de wilson

PhylumClassOrderFamilyGenusSpecies
ChordataAvesCharadriiformesScolopacidaeGallinagodelicata
Habitat
This species favors freshwater marshes
Distribution
This species breeds in northern United States and Canada and winters to southern United States and northern South America.
Natural History Notes
This species is recognized to be the subspecies of the Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago).The Wilson Snipe forages in soft mud and mainly eats insects and earthworms, as well as plant material.They fly off in a series of aerial zig-zags to confuse predators.

Conservation status according to IUCN 2008 Red list: Least Concern (LC).
Characteristics
The total length of this species varies between 26.67 cm and 29.21 cm (measured from tip of bill to end of tail). The beak is long (6.35 cm), straight and black but paler at the base. The legs are short and green. The part above is dark brown with beige and white stripes and dots. We can also distinguish cream and black stripes on the head. The breast shows cream and brown dots and the belly is barred black and white. This species differs from Gallinago gallinago by the presence of a narrower white edge to the wings and eight pairs of tail feathers instead of seven.
Compiled by
Zoe Joly-Lopez
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Reference
IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. www.iucnredlist.org.

Ridgely, Robert. S. and John. A. Gwynne. Jr. 1989. A Guide to the Birds of Panama. Second Edition. Princeton University Press. Princeton, New Jersey. 534 p.

Wetmore, Alexander. 1968. The birds of the Republic of Panamá. Part 2. Columbidae (Pigeons) to Picidae (Woodpeckers). Washington DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.
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