African Snipe (Gallinago nigripennis) - HBW 3, p. 495
French: Bécassine africaine
German: Afrikanische Bekassine
Spanish: Agachadiza Africana
Other common names: Ethiopian Snipe
Taxonomy: Gallinago nigripennis Bonaparte, 1839, Cape of Good Hope.
Genus formerly named Capella, as this name erroneously considered to pre-date Gallinago (see page 446). May form superspecies with G. gallinago and G. paraguaiae, and all three sometimes treated as conspecific. Species sometimes considered monotypic. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aequatorialis Rüppell, 1845 - Ethiopia through Uganda, E Zaire, Kenya and Tanzania to Malawi, E Zimbabwe and N Mozambique.
- angolensis Bocage, 1868 - Angola and Namibia through Botswana to Zambia and W Zimbabwe.
- nigripennis Bonaparte, 1839 - S Mozambique and South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
An adult feeding Locality Wakkerstroom Biosphere Reserve, Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp nigripennis)
Francesc Capdevila i Torr... 4 October 2002 11 years ago 28 sec 4.1
A bird on a rock Locality Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Ron Hoff 5 December 2007 6 years ago 33 sec 4.1
bird foraging Locality Kinangop, Kenya
Keith and Lynn Youngs 20 November 2013 42 weeks ago 15 sec 3
skulking in grassy meadow
Locality Dinsho, Bale Mountains National Park, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Hector Ceballos-Lascurain 15 July 2009 1 year ago 4.2
An adult swimming in reeds.
Locality Rundu, Kavango Region, Namibia (ssp angolensis)
Ken Havard 14 April 2013 1 year ago 3.8
a bird flushed and flying away, on a small stream near Chancho 40 km north of Addis Abeba
Locality Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Stefan Helming 14 December 2008 5 years ago 3
Resting in a swamp
Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Lindsay Hansch 25 October 2008 3 years ago 2.8
BIRD HIDING IN REEDS
Locality Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Cape Town, Western Cape Province, South Africa
rednomad 19 January 2013 1 year ago 2.4
- No sound recordings available yet