One of only three members of its family (now the Australian one has been split). Painted Snipes are usually difficult
to see being secretive and crepuscular. Like Phalaropes the female
is the more brightly plumaged and the male incubates and looks after the chicks. We managed to miss them on
several trips until "being in" on the first breeding record for Hong Kong, but they seem
especially easy in Namibia, where the female (left) was walking across a small roadside pool,
and the male was one of a number in a marsh in Etosha.
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