Re: birding-aus Snipe

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Subject: Re: birding-aus Snipe
From: Chris Corben <>
Date: Thu, 18 Mar 1999 12:35:59 -0800

Danny Rogers wrote:

>In flight, the toes of Latham's Snipe do not trail beyond the tail (except
>very briefly during the take-off jump when the legs are extended to
>full-stretch). The toes of Swinhoes trail just beyond the tail-tip, with

I forgot to mention this point. Actually, I've spent a lot of time looking
at Jap Snipes after my experience with Swinhoes (=Chinese) showed me that
they show a considerable extension of the feet behind the tail tip. Trouble
is that while by far the majority of Japs show effectively NO foot
projection, a small minority show a lot! And not just as they are taking
off. My suspicion has been that these birds may have been in tail moult.
Perhaps Danny could tell us if Snipe tend to moult the tail in a bunch
rather than progressively?

Chris Corben
PO Box 2323
Rohnert Park
CA 94927-2323

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