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    Always hard to differentiate Pin-tailed/Common snipe.
    So, do somebody have a mind for this, and some explications and precisions?

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    Jean Delannoy

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    Hi Jean
    this is a hard angle to work from, but this should be Common Snipe. The main reason is the very broad, pale feather fringing on one side of the feather forming strips down the back; this effect is much weaker on PT. A few other minor differences eg bill length also point to Common but other feature eg tail vs wing length, underwing, trailing edge of upperwing are not visible in this image.

    But I think this is a fairly safe call as Common.
    Oscar Campbell

    271 (271 Greylag Goose, 13th January 2018; 270 White-tailed Lapwing, 14th October 2017; 269 Marsh Sandpiper, 21st September 2017)

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    I know that Mark & Oscar have written some very good stuff on the separation criteria - how about you make something that I can post here (for eternity & ease of access):

    I'd be happy to receive material on the other groups here as well
    Tommy Pedersen
    UAE; 392 species - Litle Bunting 12 November 2016
    World; 4,358 - Grey-sided Thrush, Nanhui, Shanghai - 10 November 2016

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    Thanks for answers.
    Of course it's the hardest one, I had pictures from other birds (only Common Snipe) very clear.
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    But as you said, it's because of the lengh of the tail that I had a doubt...
    Jean Delannoy

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