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Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Painted-snipes are three distinctive wader species in the family Rostratulidae. The family is composed to two genera, Rostratula and Nycticryphes. The Australian Painted-snipe is often treated as a subspecies of the Greater Painted-snipe, but morphological and genetic differences have resulted in the species being split in recent years.[1] While they superficially resemble true snipes, they are considered to be more closely related to the jacanas
The painted-snipes are short-legged, long-billed birds similar in shape to the true snipes, but their plumage is much more striking. There is sexual dimorphism in both size and plumage, with the males being duller overall and smaller. All three species have large forward pointing eyes, and painted snipes are crepuscular or even slightly nocturnal in their habits

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