Snipe, Painted Snipe
Russian: Цветной Бекас
хараалжир, Өнгөт хараалж
French: Rhynchee peinte
Japanese: タマシギ (Tama-shigi)
in Egypt in overgrown swamps, pools, ditches; vagrant in Israel. Rather
secretive, and rarely seen unless flushed. As with phalaropes, sex roles
reversed; ♀ may lay several clutches, incubated by different ♂♂.
Roughly Snipe-sized, but looks distinctly heavier, more lethargic when it takes
off on broad round-tipped wings, with long legs obvious, entire toes projecting
beyond tail-tip. Shortish, rather drooping bill which is fairly thick and pale
(dull pinkish); thick light eye-ring continuing in stripe behind eye; and yellow-buff
breast/shoulder-stripe joining mantle-V striking (especially on ♀). Narrow buff
median crown-stripe. Underwing white, broadly bordered dark.
- Adult ♂: Dull
grey-brown on throat (upper throat mottled white), neck and upper breast;
narrow grey-black breast-band. Indistinct buff-white eye-stripe. Upperwing and
scapulars brownish-green, wing-coverts broadly barred buff.
- Adult ♀: Brighter
than ♂; rufous on throat, neck and upper breast, bordered with a wide black
band across breast. Distinct white eye-stripe bordered blackish. Upperwing and
scapulars rather uniform greenish, finely vermiculated dark.
Resembles adult ♂ but breast more diffusely mottled, lacking distinct border
towards belly, and upperparts have more buff barring.