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Wilson’s Snipe — Description

The Wilson’s Snipe is a sturdy shorebird with relatively short legs and long, pointed wings. The snipe’s eyes are set far back in the head, giving the bird both front and rear vision. Its long straight bill—sometimes accounting for one-fifth of the bird’s total length—is sensory and flexible. The snipe feeds by probing its bill into mud or soft ground, where it can feel unseen prey. In flight, the snipe makes quick zigzags on takeoff.