Definition of painted snipe in English:

painted snipe


  • 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.’