Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Snipe in the grasses at Lily Lake
Wilson's Snipe at Lily Lake.

NPS Photo / Rachel Ames

Size: 10.5-12.5”
Description: Mostly brown and white with buff to brown stripes, bars and spots on the upperparts, and white belly. They are most easily detected by their winnowing flight display around dawn and dusk.
Migratory Status: Spring and fall migrants to Rocky Mountain National Park.
Habitat: Prefer moist areas to 10,500 feet.
Diet: Eat mostly aquatic invertebrates that they find by probing their long beak into the mud along the shores of streams, marshes, bogs and wet meadows.

Last updated: August 23, 2018

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