Whole plumage variegated with black and chestnut; paler beneath: tail of twelve feathers.

S. Sabini, Vigors in Linn. Trans, vol. xiv. p. 556. pl. 21. Jard. and Selb. Orn. vol. I. pl. 27. Sabine's Snipe, Selb. Illust. vol. II. p. 118. pl. 24. f. 1. Bew. Brit. Birds, vol. II. p. 416.


Entire length nine inches and three-tenths: length of the bill two inches and seven-tenths; of the tarsus one inch three lines; from the carpus to the end of the wing five inches and one-tenth. Vig.


Cheeks, throat, neck, and breast, brownish black, speckled with chestnut-brown; belly and abdomen grayish black, with transverse bars of chestnut-brown: back and scapulars deep black, with chestnut-brown bars and spots; under wing-coverts blackish gray: tail of twelve feathers, black at the base, ferruginous at the tip, with transverse black bars: bill brownish black, with a tinge of chestnut at the base of the upper mandible: legs brownish black. (Egg). Unknown.

A rare and little known species first described by Mr Vigors from a specimen shot in the Queen's County in Ireland, in August 1822. Since then, two other individuals have occurred in Kent, a third in another part of Ireland, and a fourth near Morpeth in Northumberland. This last is in the collection of Mr Selby. Has not hitherto been met with in any other part of the world.