Snipes, Sandpipers and Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Subantarctic Snipe (Coenocorypha aucklandica) - HBW 3, p. 491

French: Bécassine d'Auckland German: Aucklandschnepfe Spanish: Chochita de las Auckland
Other common names: New Zealand/Auckland Snipe

Taxonomy: Gallinago aucklandica G. R. Gray, 1845, Auckland Islands.
Forms superspecies with C. pusilla, with which sometimes considered conspecific, especially in past. Race barrierensis of Little Barrier I known from single specimen taken in 1870; presumably extinct. Four extant subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • iredalei Rothschild, 1921 - Little Moggy I, Big South Cape I and other small islands off Stewart I.
  • huegeli (Tristram, 1893) - Snares Is (North-east, Broughton and Alert Stack).
  • aucklandica (G. R. Gray, 1845) - Auckland Is (Disappointment, Ewing, Adams, Figure of Eight, Rose, Enderby, Ocean and Dundas).
  • meinertzhagenae Rothschild, 1927 - Antipodes Is (Antipodes, Bollans, Archway and Inner Windward).