Nationally threatened species and ecological communities information sheet
Department of the Environment and Heritage, September 2003
About the fact sheet
The Australian Painted Snipe has been listed as a vulnerable species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). It is also listed as a migratory species under the EPBC Act, as it is listed in the China–Australia Migratory Bird Agreement (CAMBA).
The Australian Painted Snipe has also been referred to as the Painted Snipe or Greater Painted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis or Rostralula benghalensis australis, as it was previously considered to be part of the Greater Painted Snipe species that occurs also in Africa and Asia. Recent research indicates that the Australian Painted Snipe is a separate species. This taxonomic history is reflected in the names that have been used to list the species under State and Territory threatened species legislation, under CAMBA and under the migratory provisions of the EPBC Act.