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snipe,

common name for a shore bird of the family Scolopacidae (sandpipersandpiper,
common name for some members of the large family Scolopacidae, small shore birds, including the snipe and the curlew. Sandpipers are wading birds with relatively long legs and long, slender bills for probing in the sand or mud for their prey—all sorts of small
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 family), native to the Old and New Worlds. The common, or Wilson's snipe (Capella gallinago), also called jacksnipe, is a game bird of marshes and meadows. It has an unusual courtship dance, circling and diving in the air. The mud snipe or woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) is a nocturnal woodland bird. The eastern dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus, also called the red-breasted, or robin, snipe, frequents mud flats and shores, as does the long-billed dowitcher of W North America and South America (rare on the Atlantic coast). The European common snipe, found also in Asia and Africa, is similar to the Wilson's snipe. Snipes are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Scolopacidae.

snipe

1. any of various birds of the genus Gallinago (or Capella) and related genera, such as G. gallinago (common or Wilson's snipe), of marshes and river banks, having a long straight bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc.), order Charadriiformes
2. any of various similar related birds, such as certain sandpipers and curlews
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It featured a sharp decorative spike on the top, but these were soon replaced by more rounded headgear following protests by officers after PC Snipe's death.
If we're lucky, we might get snipe nesting there, too."
The Snipe tended to perform upwards of half a stone better at Cheltenham than elsewhere.
I believe I photographed a snipe fly at Moston Fairway, in Manchester, recently.
Snipe, a 16-month-old cocker spaniel, has undergone weeks of training to detect problem pipes by sniffing out tiny amounts of chlorine in tap water.
Cocker spaniel Snipe, 16 months, is trained to sniff out chlorine in tap water.