189. Gallinago solitaria.
THE HIMALAYAN SOLITARY SNIPE.
Male 12" to 13"; 5 to 8 oz. Female 13"; 9 oz. Legs green. Bill 2 3/4", red-brown. Pale buff stripe along scapular and inner edge of wing. Chin and throat white. Breast olive, dashed white. Outer primary mottled. Outer margins of first three primaries white. Abdomen, vent, and lower tail-coverts unbarred. Margins of scapulars white. Tail of from sixteen to twenty-four feathers (eight central and from four to eight laterals on each side). Median tail black, with rufous sub-terminal band, then a black bar and whitish at the tip. Outer tail-feathers irregularly cross-barred, with black at base and white towards tip. Calls as it rises, a harsh imitation of the note of the common Snipe. Prom 9,000 to 15,000 feet throughout the Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Assam, Japan and N.E. Siberia, wintering in the lower valleys and China, (J. 869. B. I486. H. & M. iii. 333.)