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Greater Painted Snipe
Greater Painted Snipe

The Greater Painted Snipe is a species of wader in the family. It is found in marshes in Africa, India, Pakistan, and South-east Asia.

This is a medium-sized, plump wading bird, with long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at tip, and distinct white or pinkish eye patch. Rounded, buff-spotted wings and short tail. White of breast extends up around top of folded wing. The Painted Snipe is not related to the true snipes and differs from them in habits, flight and appearance, being far more colorful and having longer legs than the snipes. It is unusual in showing reversed sexual dimorphism; the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with the sides of the head, neck and throat a rich chestnut brown, and a distinct black band across the breast; the male is paler and greyer.

Usually found close to the fringes of reed beds along shorelines of marshes, swamps, ponds and streams. Rather shy and retiring, skulking close to the vegetation so that it can retreat to cover if disturbed. The female initiates courtship and may mate with more than one male. The male incubates the eggs.

The feed on insects, crustaceans, molluscs and seeds. The females court the males, are polyandrous with males incubating and raising the young as predicted by parental investment theory. Chicks are buff coloured and have black stripes running along their length. Immature birds resemble the male but lack the broken dark band across the breast. Males are also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.

The nest is usually a shallow scrape in soft ground, lined with plant material and situated among grass or reeds at the water's edge; sometimes a pad of vegetation or a nest of grass and weeds. The breeding season is between April and July.

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