Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Common Snipe
Scientific Name 
Gallinago gallinago
Arabic Name 
الشنقب الشائع
Kuwaiti name 
45.0 cm
26.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Common passage migrant and uncommon winter visitor. Often seen in marshy wetlands and flooded farmland. Its escape flight is a distinctive zig-zag ascent to the sky.
Where in Kuwait 
The species is a superbly camouflaged bird and is generally crepuscular in its activities. Normally it will sit quietly and undetected until it feels threatened and will then flush. It is found predominantly on brackish pools and marsh land in the Jahra area, but is also found in farmlands.
In the world 
This species has an extremely large range with a large global population that is fully migratory. In its wintering range the species frequents similar habitats to those it breeds in. The species suffers from lead poisoning as a result of ingesting lead shot deposited on wetlands. Using its greatly elongated bill, this species probes under the moist substrate for its insect, earthworm, crustacean or spider prey. It is also regularly hunted for food and sport, with over a million birds killed annually in Europe and around half a million in the United States.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and loss and degradation of habitat.