Sunday, July 18, 2010

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) Female


Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) is a very cryptic species, found in shallow waters and fringes of ponds and marshes. They would just sit still or quickly enter some vegetation to escape.
One of the most interesting thing about them is that unlike most bird species where males are "Beautiful" than females, here the Females are more colourful. Females in this species mate with several males and its the male who takes care of the eggs and chicks.
This is a video of a female snipe which was busy foraging in shallow waters of Ambazhari Lake in Nagpur.

4 comments:

Anu said...

nice one! didnt know about the female being the more colourful.. thanks !

vidarbhawildlife said...

Thank You :)

Shabbeer Hassan said...

Are they Cryptic??? But the info of female being the colourful one was a nice one.... Gr8 one...

Thanks,
Shabbeer.

munirazman said...

hi there!can u help me to identify a juvenile of snipe. my friend and i suggest it was greater painted snipe.i have the picture:) hope to has a feedback from you:)