|Taxonomic Notes :||
Positive field separation of this species compared with Pintail Snipe Gallinago stenura is currently regarded as impossible, unless the spread tail is seen well or photographed, due to considerable overlap of field characters. Images of these two species posted here are therefore tentative, reflecting the opinion of the photographer and do not imply endorsement by the editors. They are, however, considered useful for reference in case future research determines better ways of separating the two species.
Ref: Leader. P.J. and Carey, G.J. (2003). Identification of Pintail Snipe and Swinhoe’s Snipe, British Birds 96, No. 4, Pages 178 – 198.