Gallinago nemoricola Hodgson, 1836 - Wood Snipe

Subspecies in India




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This species is rare. It inhabits inland wetlands and grasslands of the hilly regions at the heights of 3,000m-5,000m asl. It is migratory, breeding in Bhutan, China, Nepal and India (mainly over the north-western Himalaya), its wintering spots are in India (southern peninsula), Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan (BirdLife International 2017). 

Conservation Status:



According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population estimate of 2,500-9,999 individuals. The threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to large-scale agriculture and other human encroachments. Another major threat is hunting along the migratory route and on its wintering grounds for food (BirdLife International 2017).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total
BirdLife International 2017. Gallinago nemoricola (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22693082A117048348. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-3.RLTS.T22693082A117048348.en. Accessed on 06 February 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Gallinago nemoricola Hodgson, 1836 – Wood Snipe. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/gallinago-nemoricola, accessed 2024/06/25.