Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Greater Painted-snipe (male): this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Greater Painted-snipe or Rostratula benghalensis is a wader found in marshes in Africa, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and the Southeast Asia in which Thailand has offered a fantastic habitat. Though farm lands, housings, pavements, and cemeteries occupied massive lands that might have affected its habitat. Thailand is still a great place in which birds like this thrive.

Though this snipe is listed as Least Concern, it means that the population is healthy and strong; it is very difficult to find. When I found this, it was really difficult, I could have not seen it if I did not have a pair of binoculars that day. I was seriously looking for something new at my usual birding place and then I found it, it was not moving, and that could have not been seen, it was well camouflaged.


Food sources are usually found close in place like reed beds along shorelines of marshes, swamps, ponds and streams, feeding on insects, crustaceans, molluscs and seeds.

Namtok Samlan National Park, Saraburi, Thailand
September 12, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR


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