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Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola)


The Woodcock has a length of 34cm, weighing between 250-420g. it is heavily-built, with features like a Snipe often seen in woodland.Woodcocks’ have a brown, seemingly cryptic coloured body, with a long, straight bill, pale yellow legs and black bars from its crown its nape, and white patterns along the back.The Woodcock can be seen most active at dawn and dusk, and rarely active during the day unless flushed, flying off with a whirring wing noiseLike bats and owls somewhat, Woodcocks’ fly fast and directly while migrating or open country and fly with twists and fluttering once in woodland.


The Woodcock inhabits large woodlands, especially with ground cover.


The Woodcock feed on invertebrates, especially worms.

Protection Status 

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting facts

In the United Kingdom, the arrival of migrant Woodcock in autumn meant a good harvest, especially if they stay until spring, and that they flew to the moon during the months they weren’t seen.

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