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Greater painted-snipe

Rostratula benghalensis


A medium-sized, attractive water bird, the greater painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) is unusual amongst birds because the female is larger and more brightly coloured than the male. The female greater painted-snipe has distinct white patches around the eyes, which contrasts the dark red-brown head and neck. The upperparts are dark bronze-green with fine black barring and the wings are dark grey, white and gold. The male greater painted-snipe has a conspicuous golden eye patch that sits in stark contrast with the grey-brown head, ash-grey neck, and white streaked throat. The upperparts and wings are gold, brown and black, a golden “V” streaks the male’s back, and the underparts are white.


females are more colorful and little bigger then male.

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LarryGraziano 8 years ago


Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Beautiful series Hemant!

rams4d 8 years ago

Excellent picture, congrats !!!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 8 years ago

Very beautiful!

James McNair
James McNair 8 years ago


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Telangana, India

Spotted on Apr 20, 2015
Submitted on Apr 20, 2015

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