Rostratulidae – Painted-Snipes

Greater Painted Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) by W Kwong

Greater Painted-Snipe (Rostratula benghalensis) by W Kwong

Furthermore you sent for men to come from afar, to whom a messenger was sent; and there they came. And you washed yourself for them, painted your eyes, and adorned yourself with ornaments. (Ezekiel 23:40 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – CHARADRIIFORMES, Family – Rostratulidae – Painted Snipes

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Species (3)

Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)
Australian Painted-snipe (Rostratula australis)
South American Painted-snipe (Nycticryphes semicollaris)


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The Rostratulidae (commonly known as Painted-snipes), form a taxonomic family of wader species, composed of two genera: Rostratula and Nycticryphes.
At present two species, the South American and Greater Painted-snipes, are not considered threatened by human activities; however, the Australian Painted-snipe has declined and is considered endangered in Australia.

The painted-snipes are short-legged, long-billed birds similar in shape to the true snipes, but their plumage is much more striking. There is sexual dimorphism in both size and plumage, with the males being duller overall and smaller. All three species have large forward pointing eyes. (Wikipedia with editing)

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