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Wood snipe

Thai: นกปากซ่อมพง, nok pak som pong

Binomial name: Gallinago nemoricola, Brian Houghton Hodgson, 1836

The wood snipe (Gallinago nemoricola) is a species of snipe which breeds in the Himalayas of northern India, Nepal, Bhutan and southern China. In winter, it occurs at lower altitudes in the Himalayas, as a regular visitor in small numbers to north Vietnam. it also occurs as a vagrant in central and southern India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, north Thailand and Laos.

This is a dark snipe, 28–32 cm in length, with a short, broad-based bill. It breeds in alpine meadows above 3, 000 metres, moving to lower altitudes in the winter.

This species is classified as vulnerable, with a population of less than 10, 000 birds. Major threats to its existence include habitat loss and hunting. It has been recorded in some protected areas, including Langtang and Sagarmatha National Parks in Nepal.

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Scientific classification

Gallinago nemoricola

Common names

  • Thai: นกปากซ่อมพง, nok pak som pong

Conservation status

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

Vulnerable (IUCN3.1)

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Distribution map of Wood snipe, Gallinago nemoricola in Thailand
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

Range map of Gallinago nemoricola in Thailand

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