The pin-tailed snipe or pintail snipe (Gallinago stenura) is a species of bird in the family Scolopacidae, the sandpipers.

It breeds in northern Russia and migrates to spend the non-breeding season in southern Asia from Pakistan to Indonesia. It is the most common migrant snipe in southern India, Sri Lanka and much of Southeast Asia. It is a vagrant to north-western and northern Australia, and to Kenya in East Africa.

Its breeding habitat is damp marshes and tundra in Arctic and boreal Russia. Birds in their non-breeding range use a variety of wetlands, often with common snipe, but may be found also in drier habitats than their relative. They nest in a well-hidden location on the ground.

These birds forage in mud or soft soil, probing or picking up food by sight. They mainly eat insects and earthworms, but also some plant material.

This 25–27 cm long bird is similar to the longer-billed and longer-tailed common snipe. Adults have short greenish-grey legs and a long straight dark bill. The body is mottled brown on top, with cream lines down their back. They are pale underneath with a streaked buff breast and white belly. They have a dark stripe through the eye, with light stripes above and below it. Sexes are similar, and immatures differ only in minor plumage details.

The wings are less pointed than common snipe, and lack the white trailing edge of that species. The shorter tail and flatter flight path when flushed also made flight separation from Common relatively easy.

Male pin-tailed snipes often display in a group, with a loud repetitive tcheka song which has a crescendo of fizzing and buzzing sounds, and also whistling noises produced in flight by the pin-like outer tail feathers which give this species its English name. The normal call is a weak squik.
Pin-tailed Snipe
Date Location Count
2020-11-28 06:00Private estate near Green Mubazzarah1
2020-11-13 07:12Wamm Farms1
2020-11-13 06:10Hilf Sewage Works2
2020-11-13 07:19Jyoti Wetlands, Vasai2
2020-11-28 06:50Merces, Near Suruchi beach3
2020-11-07 07:32Viva wetlands, Virar1
2020-11-28 06:50Bena, Near Suruchi Beach3
2020-10-30 07:10Nandur-Madhyameshwar bird sanctuary2
2020-11-26 08:02Gujjarbettu Paddyfields2
2020-11-24 08:54Barkur Wetlands -- Saasthana3
2020-11-22 08:00Barkur Wetlands2
2020-11-24 07:11Barkur Wetlands -- Bobbarya Temple1
2020-11-08 07:15Kenjar Wetlands, Mangalore1
2020-11-06 07:03Peralathvayal2
2020-11-25 07:00Komangalam wetland and adjacent woody zone, Koottanad4
2020-11-25 07:30Kole Wetlands--Konthipulam II1
2020-11-23 16:00Aluva--Elookkara(Madirath Padam)1
2020-11-09 07:30Kalamassery--HMT Estate Area2
2020-11-22 16:17Sindhuvalli, Nanjanagudu (ಸಿಂಧುವಳ್ಳಿ)8
2020-11-25 08:25Mattumala Hillock1
2020-11-07 18:06Chithali palam1
2020-11-21 06:11Krishnampathi Lake, Seeranaickenpalayam2
2020-11-28 06:30Vellayani--Punchakkari Paddy Fields2
2020-11-22 07:22Sonnapura1
2020-10-30 06:31Hoskote / Hosakote Kere2
2020-11-06 06:51Osudu Lake1
2020-11-12 06:32Thiruchitrambalam lake1
2020-11-12 07:20Irumbai Lake3
2020-11-19 08:00Kalametiya Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-18 09:33Kalametiya3
2020-11-17 16:50Bundala Freshwater Marsh2
2020-11-27 06:00Bundala NP (General)2
2020-11-24 09:16Manohara River1
2020-11-07 07:20Diabari (Dhaka)1
2020-11-01 16:02Garacharma3
2020-11-26 16:23Garacharma Wetlands1
2020-11-27 10:45Maguri Beel2
2020-11-21 05:29Doi Lo paddies (general area)1
2020-11-21 14:48Mae Taeng Irrigation Project1
2020-11-07 07:30Khung Taphao paddies8
2020-11-28 16:43Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok Khlong 5 paddies and scrublands1
2020-11-08 09:51Lat Krabang--Thap Yao paddies & aquaculture ponds6
2020-10-31 10:00Khlong Tamru salt pans5
2020-11-06 06:00Vientiane--Nong Kham Sen wetland1
2020-11-19 09:43Kaeng Lawa1