Breeds in sedge bogs, fens, willow and alder swamps, marshy edges of ponds, rivers, and brooks. Require wet organic soils rich in food with clumps of cover throughout the year (Tuck 1972).
Tuck, L. M. 1972. The snipes: a study of the genus Capella. Can. Wildl. Serv. Monogr. Ser., No. 5.