Mongolian: Бичил салалж, Хөгчүүхэй
French: Becasseau sourde
Japanese: コシギ (Ko-shigi)
Body length: 18-20 cm.
Wing span: 33-36 cm.
Breeds in extensive
waterlogged bogs in N Europe. On passage (mostly Apr-early May and Sep-Oct) and
in winter, muddy pool margins etc. Uncommon or local, but probably overlooked
owing to skulking habits in often inaccessible patches.
Identification: About 2/3
sized of Snipe, with much shorter bill (about 1 ½ times length of head; Snipe’s
bill at least twice head length), but which is proportionately deeper-based.
Skulking: flushes only when almost trodden on, flies up silently, showing more
rounded wing-tips, pointed tail and less erratic flight than Snipe, usually
landing not far away. When seen on ground, head shows strong pattern, with split
supercilium, dark crescent below eye, always strong dark loral patch, and lacks
median crown-stripe; breast and flanks strongly streaked (not barred); bold
yellowish back-stripes; green sheen on mantle and scapulars, and unique, often
prolonged bouncing action when feeding as if whole body on springs (‘sewing
machine’). All plumages similar.