Jack Snipe

Lymnocryptes minimus

Jack Snipe

Jack Snipe

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Lymnocryptes minimus


Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes

Conservation status:




17cm to 19cm


38cm to 42cm


35g to 73g

About the Jack Snipe

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'.

What does a Jack Snipe eat?

Their diets mainly consist of worms, insects and snails.

Other birds in the Sandpipers, snipes and phalaropes family

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