Fuegian Snipe Gallinago stricklandii

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Large and heavy-bodied snipe of remote islands around Tierra del Fuego; very rarely seen and poorly known. Favors tussock grass and wetland habitats with grassy cover, where it runs in preference to flying, but can be very confiding. Plumage is similar to the more common and frequently seen Magellanic Snipe, which has “normal” snipe proportions and is not fat-bodied like the Fuegian Snipe. Fuegian is often darker overall than Magellanic Snipe, with dense pale spotting on upperparts and heavier dark barring on a buffy (not white) belly and thicker legs.

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