Wilson's Snipe Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Wilson’s Snipes are medium-sized, pudgy shorebirds with short, stocky legs. The bill is straight and very long (several times the length of the head). The head is rounded and the tail is short.

    Relative Size

    About the size of a Killdeer, but heavier-bodied and less lanky.

    Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 10.6-12.6 in (27-32 cm)
      • Weight: 2.8-5.2 oz (79-146 g)
      • Wingspan: 16.1-17.3 in (41-44 cm)