Things you need to know about Becassines
The common snipe is a small, stocky wader native to the Old World. The scientific name gallinago is New Latin for a woodcock or snipe from Latin gallina, “hen” and the suffix -ago, “resembling”. The breeding habitat is marshes, bogs, tundra and wet meadows throughout northern Europe and northern Asia.
Higher classification: Snipes
Mass: 80 – 140 g
Scientific name: Gallinago gallinago
Conservation status: Least Concern (Population decreasing)
Length: 25 – 27 cm (Adult)
Did you know: Common snipes have long bills, but their legs and necks are shorter than those of most wading birds.