Definition of painted snipe in English:

painted snipe

Syllabification: paint·ed snipe

noun

  • A small long-billed wading bird that has brown plumage with colorful markings.
    • Family Rostratulidae: two species, in particular Rostratula benghalensis of the Old World
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    • You can admire the fine pencilling of plumage, the perfection of colour, design and finish: the plumage of the painted snipe, for example was like finely worked bronze.
    • A female Marsh harrier was chasing a male painted snipe in flight.
    • One species - the greater painted snipe - appears to be the exception proving his rule: only the females are territorial and only they have elongated tracheas.

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