187. Gallinago stenura

187. Gallinago stenura.

THE PINTAIL SNIPE.

Chaha, N. W. P.; Bharka, Nepal; Chegga, Lower Bengal; Cherayga, Assam; Cheklonbi, Manipur; Tibud, Ratnagiri; Oolan, India; Birku, Malaya; Kaswatua, Ceylon.

Male 9 3/4" to 10"; 4 oz. Female 10" to 11 1/4"; 4 1/5 oz. Legs grey-green. Bill 2 1/2", red-brown. Like G. caelestis, in colour, but duller. No transverse marks on outer primaries. Outer web of first primary brown. Outer tail stiffened (see illustration, p. 9). Normally twenty-six tail-feathers (ten soft and broad in centre and eight narrow, stiff ones on each side). The side pin feathers vary from six to nine on each side and are slightly curved, from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" long, of a dusky colour, with yellow tips, and less than 1/5" wide (see illustration.) Under wing-coverts and axillaries richly barred dusky and white.

Breeds far north in E. Siberia, and migrates in winter to S.E. Asia and the Malay Archipelago. Arrives in India and leaves later than G. caelestis. In 1889 first bird was reported on 17th August. Common in S. India, Ceylon, and Burma. (J. 870. B. 1485. H. & M. iii. 339.)

Also G. megala. Male 9 1/2". Female 10 1/2". With central tail of six feathers and seven outer ones on each side attenuated and less than 1/3" in width. From E. Siberia, migrating south by Japan and China to the Philippines and the Moluccas.

BookTitle: 
Game, Shore And Water Birds Of India
Reference: 
Le Messurier, Augustus. Game, Shore, and Water Birds of India Fourth Edition, 1904.
Title in Book: 
187. Gallinago stenura
Book Author: 
A Le Messurier
CatNo: 
187
Year: 
1904
Page No: 
180
Common name: 
Pintail Snipe
M_ID: 
4213
M_CN: 
Pin-tailed Snipe
M_SN: 
Gallinago stenura
Volume: 
4th ed.
Term name: 
id: 
12952

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