Family:Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes
17cm to 19cm
38cm to 42cm
35g to 73g
The jack snipe is a small, secretive bird that uses its camouflaged plumage to its advantage when approached. It does this by crouching down to try and blend in with the surroundings, and will only usually fly off at the last minute. Jack snipes won't fly very high or for long though and will drop rapidly - unlike other snipers which tend to fly off in a zig-zag motion and high.
They are smaller than the snipe, also with a smaller bill and whilst feeding they tend to look rather 'bouncy'.
Their diets mainly consist of worms, insects and snails.
The Dunlin is a small wading bird from the sandpiper family Scolopacidae. Dunlins breed across North America and northern Europe, and Asia and are one of the most widely distributed wading birds, with ten subspecies.
Identified as being from a group of birds known as Waders, within North America they are generally referred to as Shorebirds. This monotypic species, a long distance migrant, is considered to have an Amber Conservation Status otherwise known as Near Threatened.
The largest European wading bird, the Eurasian curlew is easy to identify with its elongated bow-shaped bill and spindly legs. In winter groups of curlews known as ‘curfews’ forage together in coastal wetlands, and up to 66,000 pairs breed in the UK and are resident all year round.
Belonging to a group of birds generally called waders or shorebirds, the common sandpiper prefers freshwater habitats as opposed to saltwater locations.
An impressive, proud looking wader with particularly fine summer plumage which migrates south from its northern breeding grounds from July to October, returning for the summer from late February through April.
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