Birda Logo

Swinhoe's Snipe

Gallinago megala

The Swinhoe's snipe, known scientifically as Gallinago megala, is a medium-sized wader with a notable long bill. It measures approximately 27 to 29 centimeters in length, with a wingspan stretching from 38 to 44 centimeters, and weighs around 120 grams. This migratory species is also referred to as the forest snipe or Chinese snipe.

Identification Tips

A member of the Gallinago genus, the Swinhoe's snipe is adorned with a cryptic pattern of black, brown, buff, and white across its plumage. While it shares this characteristic with other snipes, distinguishing it from Latham's and pin-tailed snipe in the field can be quite challenging. In South Korea, it is colloquially known as cho suekyung.


During the breeding season, Swinhoe's snipe favors forest glades and meadows. Outside of breeding times, it can be found in a variety of shallow freshwater wetlands, including paddy fields and sewage farms. These habitats provide the bare mud or shallow water it requires for feeding, with nearby vegetation offering essential cover.


The breeding grounds of Swinhoe's snipe are primarily located in central and southern Siberia and Mongolia. Post-breeding, the entire population migrates to spend the non-breeding season in regions such as eastern and southern India, Sri Lanka, south-eastern China, South-East Asia, and New Guinea. Migration sightings have been recorded in eastern China and occasionally Japan, with Australian sightings mainly in the Top End of the Northern Territory and north-western Western Australia.


Males of the species engage in display flights and produce a drumming sound as part of their breeding behavior.

Diet and Feeding

The diet of Swinhoe's snipe consists mainly of small invertebrates, including earthworms, mollusks, and insects, which they forage for in their wetland habitats.

Conservation status

Swinhoe's snipe is currently assessed as being of Least Concern due to its wide range and lack of evidence indicating significant population decline.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Swinhoe's Snipes on Birda

A map showing the sighting location
Profile picture for Greg Green
Greg Green
12 Jun 2023 - 5:50am

More Sandpipers, Snipes

A photo of a Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Common Sandpiper

Actitis hypoleucos
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
Dan R
Great app for bird fanatics
Great app for bird fanatics - very user friendly and a perfect place to share sightings.
Wonderful App
Birda is my go to app for keeping records of my bird sightings and sessions. It has fantastic information which is great at aiding identification. With all the updates that are coming in the new year, this app is something special.
Love Birda
I love this app. It really encourages you to log your sightings and the community is friendly and helpful.
Very Wholesome App
Joined this app with a new interest in watching birds to help me find out what I was spotting. The community is very active in helping identify birds which is great and everyone is very kind so it’s just a nice wholesome community. I would definitely recommend this for any bird spotter πŸ˜„
Bryan C
Clean and easy to use
Really enjoying this app, it's clean and easy to use. I love the ease of being able to add those one-off birds without starting a whole checklist. I also like the social aspect, like the parts of my Facebook I like, without the ads and junk, just birds. Can't wait to see it become more populated.
Talli A
My favourite app
As a young birdwatcher who was always keen to be apart of a community but never seemed to find one, my problem was solved downloading this!!! Everyone is so friendly and just as excited to see birds as me 😁
Nick S
Work together with community
Been loving using this app to log my bird sightings and work together with community members to identify different birds. I've already learned a lot since I started about a month ago!
Safira V
Birding and wellbeing app
Birda is an excellent platform to share your love of Birding and is a great tool of encouragement for a Birding Beginner like me. Birda has a very kind and supportive community of Birding enthusiasts. For me BIRDA is not only a BIRDING but also a WELLBEING App.
Ideal Birdwatch Companion
Simply adds to the enjoyment of my birdwatching and helps me record what I’ve seen.
A mordern game changer
Birda is an awesome app, its updated the world of birding to the modern day with a fun and easy to use app. It’s engaging and allows positive interaction with fellow bird lovers!
As featured in
Connect with nature,
Find your flock
Download Birda - QR Code
Β© 2024 All rights reserved