One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small dark Eurasian snipe.
"Lymnocryptes minima", family "Scolopacidae"
- ‘Spotted redshank share their forest-marsh nesting grounds with wood sandpipers, greenshank, whimbrel, jack snipe and broad-billed sandpipers.’
- ‘A jack snipe, a rare wading bird, has been seen.’
- ‘There are two close relations, of which the jack snipe is smaller and the great snipe very slightly larger.’
- ‘It is also crucial to the survival of the red listed reed bunting in north Wiltshire. The area on top of the old landfill site supports a good number of snipe and in recent years internationally important numbers of the scarce jack snipe.’
- ‘Smallest of snipes, the jack snipe has been declining in Norfolk in recent years.’
- 1.1North American Any wader similar to the jack snipe, e.g. the pectoral sandpiper or the common snipe.
- ‘Jack Snipe are probably regular in winter, where Spotted Crake has been recorded three times.’
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