Great Snipe

      Gallinago media

      Information

      The Great Snipe is especially known for its impressive communal display: Every evening at dusk, the males gather at leks to win the favour of the females. Due to the destruction of its habitat, the Great Snipe has almost completely disappeared as a breeding bird from Central Europe and is seen only irregularly on passage through Switzerland.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      irregular visitor
      Annual cycle
      The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
      Annual cycle
      Annual cycle

      Facts

      Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
      -
      Migration behaviour
      long-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      26-30
      wing span (cm)
      43-50
      Weight (g)
      160-190
      Nest site
      ground
      Food
      insects, earthworms
      Group
      Sandpipers and allies
      Habitat
      wetlands, lakes, rivers & streams