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Jack Snipe Lymnocryptes minimus L 18-20cm. Dumpy wader. Much smaller than Snipe, with shorter bill and legs, and more striking head and back markings. Pumps body up and down as it walks. Easy to overlook: plumage is cryptic and bird is very reluctant to fly. Sexes and ages are similar. Adult and juvenile have mainly brown upperparts with intricate, cryptic dark feather markings. Note striking yellow stripes on back; greenish sheen sometimes discerned. Head is has dark and pale buff stripes, including forked, pale supercilium. Neck and breast are streaked and underparts are white. Voice Mostly silent. Status Non-breeding visitor in small numbers. Favours muddy margins of pools and marshes, where tangled dead rush and grass stems match its cryptic plumage.