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Common Snipe – feeding behaviour

on 4th April 2018

SnipeC-forage [AmarSingh]

“A video and some images of the Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) to describe feeding behaviour. It generally probes soft muddy areas or shallow muddy-water looking for worms.

SnipeC-forage [AmarSingh]

“The video shows multiple feeding episodes possible of earthworms and the Red Mud Worm (Notomastus tenuis). The worms are pulled out and their natural tendency to coil up aids the bird in moving the prey up the beak.

SnipeC-forage [AmarSingh]

“Almost the entire beak is pushed in to probe deeply for prey. Note that the bird is able to submerge the nares completely in water.

SnipeC-forage [AmarSingh]

“Appreciate ID corrections, if any.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th February 2018

Location: Malim Nawar, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-mining pools, fish farming, wetlands

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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