Belongs to: winter waders

Compare with: snipe

Jack snipe Lymnocryptes minimus

Best time to see: mid Sep to mid May

Key facts

A smaller version of the snipe, a few being seen in Essex on migration or over winter in most years

Breeds in northern Europe

Likes the same wetland habitats as snipe, that is soft ground with plenty of vegetation to provide cover


Dark streaked upperparts like the snipe, but has two distinct yellow stripes and a shorter bill and tail; 17–19 cm

When approached, sits tight until the intruder is very close, then rockets up and quickly down again into cover

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© Alan Williams