The two species of painted snipe have successfully survived the climate crisis but shouldn’t be taken for granted
The male and female greater painted snipe have some distinct features. The female is slightly larger and brighter with a reddish-brown head and greenish-tinged back and wings, while the male has more cryptic plumage. The comma-shaped eye mask is evident in all species, where the color of the mask help differentiates between species and sexes within.
The Australian painted snipe also has some bold-colored plumage with a slightly decurved bill and yellowish-olive to greyish-olive feet. These birds reveal eloquently artistic patterns when they spread their wings, delicately dancing over grassy fields.