Crown divided longitudinally by a black band reaching to the nape: neck and breast spotted; belly and abdomen pure white: tail of twelve feathers.
S. Gallinula, Temm. Man. d'Orn. torn. if. p. 678. Jack Snipe, Mont. Orn. Diet. Selb. Illust. vol. II. p. 125. pl. 23. f. 5. Judcock, Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. II. p. 54.
Entire length eight inches six lines: length of the bill (from the forehead) one inch eight lines and a half, (from the gape) one inch seven lines; of the tarsus eleven lines; of the tail one inch eleven lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing four inches three lines.
Crown divided by a black band slightly edged with reddish brown, extending from the forehead to the nape; beneath this, and parallel with it, are two streaks of yellowish white, separated by another of black; between the bill and the eye a dusky line; throat white; front of the neck, and upper part of the breast, pale yellowish brown tinged with ash, with longitudinal spots of a deeper tint: back and scapulars black, glossed with green and purple reflections; the latter with the outer webs cream-yellow, forming two conspicuous longitudinal bands extending from the shoulders to the tail; quills dusky: wing-coverts black, edged with pale brown and white: lower part of the breast, belly and abdomen, pure white: tail of twelve feathers, dusky, edged with pale ferruginous brown: bill bluish at the base, black towards the tip: legs greenish gray. (Egg). Yellowish olive; the larger end spotted with two shades of brown: long. diam. one inch three lines; trans, diam. ten lines.
Found with the last species, but not quite so plentiful. Arrives early in October and departs in March. Very rarely remains with us to breed. Nest said to resemble that of the Common Snipe. Eggs four or five. Food similar.
(3. Macroramphus, Leach).