Large, marsh-dwelling shorebird of wetlands, wet meadows, and both flooded and dry agricultural fields. Extremely difficult to distinguish from other species of snipe, especially Pin-tailed Snipe, and careful study and photography usually required to confirm identification. Outer tail feathers broader than in Pin-tailed Snipe, but difficult to see and photograph, as tail is not often spread. Unlike Common Snipe, seldom calls when flushed. Much darker and more richly colored than pale Latham's Snipe.