Latham's Snipe (species: Gallinago (Gallinago) hardwickii) in Hat Head NP (Gaia Guide)
Gallinago (Gallinago) hardwickii
Latham's Snipe

©Jason Girvan: Latham's Snipe (Latham's Snipe)

©Tom Tarrant: Latham's Snipe (Latham's Snipe)

©David Cook: Latham's Snipe (Gallinago (Gallinago) hardwickii)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Scolopacidae
Genus Gallinago
Species Gallinago (Gallinago) hardwickii
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is identifiable as a Gallinagosnipe by its cryptically-patterned black, brown, buff and white plumage, but is not easily distinguished from Swinhoe's Snipe and Pin-tailed Snipe in the field, though it is slightly larger. (Wikipedia)


  • From 29 cm to 33 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 0.15 kg to 0.23 kg


  • From 50 cm to 54 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The snipe breeds mainly in Hokkaidō in northern Japan, with smaller numbers on Honshū, the eastern Russian mainland and, historically, Sakhalin and the Kurile Islands. The entire population migrates and spends the non-breeding season principally in eastern Australia. It has been recorded on migration in Taiwan, the Philippines and New Guinea, and is a rare straggler to New Zealand.

Its breeding habitat in Asia includes alpine moorland, grasslands, rough pasture, young tree plantations and cultivated areas. Non-breeding habitat in Australia is shallow freshwater wetlands of various kinds, with bare mud or shallow water for feeding and nearby vegetation cover for shelter. (Wikipedia)


is an omnivorous species that feeds on seeds and other plant material and on invertebrates including insects (mainly flies and beetles), earthworms, spiders and occasionally molluscs, isopods and centipedes. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.