Snipe feeding adaptation

Subject: Snipe feeding adaptation
From: Niven <>
Date: Sat, 01 Nov 2003 21:53:47 +0930
Hi all
I'm aware that snipe are able to open the bill tip without opening the rest of 
the bill, and indeed I was flukey enough to photograph a Swinhoe's Snipe 
doing it today (, BUT I 
seem to recall that this feature has a name. Does anyone know what it is? 
And, which other waders (or other birds) can do it?
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