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final paper ENG 386 - Sabrina Baez ENG 386 Final Final...

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Sabrina Baez ENG 386 4/26/2011 Final Final Essay Questions 1). What exactly is a snipe? A snipe is any of about 25 wading bird species in three genera in the family Scolopacidae . They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and cryptic plumage . The Gallinago snipes have a nearly worldwide distribution, the Lymnocryptes Jack Snipe is restricted to Asia and Europe and the Coenocorypha snipes are found only in the Outlying Islands of New Zealand . The three species of painted snipe are not closely related to the typical snipes, and are placed in their own family, the Rostratulidae. Snipe search for invertebrates in the mud with a "sewing- machine" action of their long bills. The sensitiveness of the bill, though to some extent noticeable in many sandpipers , is in snipes carried to an extreme by a number of filaments, belonging to the fifth pair of nerves, which run almost to the tip and open immediately under the soft cuticle in a series of cells. They give this portion of the surface of the premaxillaries , when exposed, a honeycomb-like appearance. Thus the bill becomes a most delicate organ of sensation, and by its means the bird, while probing for food, is at once able to distinguish the nature of the objects it encounters, though these are wholly out of sight. Most snipe have distinctive displays, usually given at dawn or dusk, in which they produce a drumming sound from their tail feathers when diving. However a snipe hunt is a form of wild-goose chase that is also known as a fool's errand, is a type of practical joke that involves experienced people making fun of credulous newcomers by giving them an impossible or imaginary task. The origin of the term is a practical joke where
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This note was uploaded on 01/22/2012 for the course ENGL 386 taught by Professor Heinemann during the Spring '11 term at Texas A&M.

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