Gallinago gallinaria, Gm.
871. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p. 614; (G scotopacinus, Bon.); Butler, Guzerat; Stray Feathers, Vol. IV, p. 15 ; Deccan, Stray Feathers, Vol. IX, p. 428 ; Murray's Vertebrate Zoology of Sind, p. 240; G. coelestis, Fren.; Game Birds of India, Vol. III, p. 359 ; Swinhoe and Barnes, Central India; Ibis, 1885, p. 133.
THE COMMON OR FANTAIL SNIPE.
Length, 9.0 to 11.3 ; expanse, 15.0 to 17.5 ; wing, 4.9 to 5.9; tail, 2.5 to 2.9 ; tarsus, 1.2 to 1.34 ; bill from gape, 2.39 to 2.7; bill at front, 2.43 to 2.75; weight, 3.3 to 5.1 oz.; average, 4.15 oz.
Length, 9.2 to 12.5 ; expanse, 16.0 to 18.25 ; wing, 4.87 to 5.71; tail, 2.3 to 3.0; tarsus, 1.25 to 1.33; bill from gape, 2.5 to 2.9; bill at front, 2.62 to 3.0; weight, 3.1 oz. to 5.5 oz.; average, 4.27 oz.; average of both sexes, 4.2 oz.
Bill horny-brown, tip blackish, brownish-green at base; irides deep blackish-brown ; legs and feet greenish.
Crown black, divided longitudinally by a yellowish-white line ; a dusky brown eyestreak, and a yellowish superciliary one; back and scapulars velvet-black, crossed with chesnut-brown bars, and with longitudinal streaks of ochre-yellow; wing-coverts dusky-brown, edged with reddish-white; quills blackish; chin and throat white; cheeks, neck and breast above mottled black and ferruginous ; flanks barred white and dusky ; the lower part of the breast and abdomen pure white ; tail black with the terminal third red-brown, barred black and tipped whitish; lower wing-coverts white, very faintly barred.
The Fantail Snipe is a common cold weather visitant through-Out the region.