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Greater Painted-Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis, นกโป่งวิด

The greater painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) is a species of wader in the family Rostratulidae. It is found in marshes in Africa, South Asia and South-east Asia.

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Medium-sized, plump wading bird. Long reddish-brown bill, slightly decurved at tip, and distinct white or pinkish eye patch. Rounded, buff-spotted wings and short tail. White of breast extends up around top of folded wing. The painted-snipe is not related to the true snipes and differs from them in habits, flight and appearance, being far more colorful and having longer legs than the snipes.

It is unusual in that the female is larger and more brightly colored than the male, with the sides of the head, neck and throat a rich chestnut brown, and a distinct black band across the breast; the male is paler and greyer.

Length: 28cm
Wingspan: 50-55 cm
Distinctive Feature

Similar Species

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Female / Male / Juvenile

• Female with much brown
• Male much greyer, with golden eye patch and crown stripe

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Female VS Male

Greater Painted-Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis, นกโป่งวิด
Male and female
Nakhon Pathom, Thailand - August 2020

Listen to the Greater Painted-Snipe

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Adult female singing in the paddy field. Around 10m away. At around 9s is the human voice far away. Tascam DR100 MKIII + Rode NTG3

Remarks from the Recordist

Call daddy (親鳥飛離引狗,過段時間雛鳥呼喚)

Not a vocal species; the male at times utters a shrill trill, while the female makes a guttural ook sound as well as hissing noises during breeding displays.

Usually found close to the fringes of reed beds along shorelines of marshes, swamps, ponds and streams.

Solitary or in pairs, sometimes in groups of up to 12. Rather shy and retiring, skulking close to the vegetation so that it can retreat to cover if disturbed. When flushed, flies like a rail with legs dangling. Bobs hindquarters on landing and sometimes when walking. Probes for food in the mud.

The female initiates courtship and may mate with more than one male. The male incubates the eggs and takes the parental care.

Food and feeding
They feed on insects, crustaceans, molluscs and seeds.

Egg of Rostratula benghalensis – Muséum de Toulouse, France
Egg of Rostratula benghalensis – Muséum de Toulouse, France
By Didier Descouens - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The females court the males, are polyandrous with males incubating and raising the young as predicted by parental investment theory. Chicks are buff coloured and have black stripes running along their length. Immature birds resemble the male but lack the broken dark band across the breast.

Males are also known to carry the chicks to safety under the wings.

The nest is usually a shallow scrape in soft ground, lined with plant material and situated among grass or reeds at the water's edge; sometimes a pad of vegetation or a nest of grass and weeds. The breeding season is between

Conservation status
Conservation status
Least Concern (IUCN 3.1)
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sighted: (Date of first photo that I could use) 9 August 2020
Location: eBird hotspot: Wat Nong Kraphi (Nong Kraphi Temple), Nakhon Pathom

Greater Painted-Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis, นกโป่งวิด
Greater Painted-Snipe / นกโป่งวิด - 9 August 2020
eBird hotspot: Wat Nong Kraphi (Nong Kraphi Temple), Nakhon Pathom

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