One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small long-billed wading bird which has brown plumage with bold and colourful markings.
Family Rostratulidae: two species, in particular Rostratula benghalensis of the Old World
- ‘One species - the greater painted snipe - appears to be the exception proving his rule: only the females are territorial and only they have elongated tracheas.’
- ‘You can admire the fine pencilling of plumage, the perfection of colour, design and finish: the plumage of the painted snipe, for example was like finely worked bronze.’
- ‘A female Marsh harrier was chasing a male painted snipe in flight.’
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