Another bird which the buoyant spirits of the breeding season urge into unusual prominence is the common snipe.
Its food and general habits are much the same as those of the common snipe; but it rises and flies off without any note.
They are very brown, as large as a wood-cock, and their cry is that of a common snipe.
Rey states that the shells are somewhat thinner and lighter than with the common snipe and gives the average weight as 660 grams.
The other game birds which visit the Punjab in great numbers every winter are the jack and the common snipe.
The remaining three species are the common snipe, the great snipe, and the jack snipe.
I shot, too, a common snipe, which I was very surprised to meet at these altitudes.
long-billed marsh bird, early 14c., from Old Norse -snipa in myrisnipa "moor snipe;" perhaps a common Germanic term (cf. Old Saxon sneppa, Middle Dutch snippe, Dutch snip, Old High German snepfa, German Schnepfe "snipe," Swedish snäppa "sandpiper"), perhaps originally "snipper." The Old English name was snite, which is of uncertain derivation. An opprobrious term (cf. guttersnipe) since c.1600.
"shoot from a hidden place," 1773 (among British soldiers in India), in reference to hunting snipe as game, from snipe (n.). Figurative use from 1892. Related: Sniped; sniping.
[origin obscure, although apparently these, along with several other slang uses, both British and US, all refer somehow to the long-billed bird and its habits]