American Woodcock

Scolopax minor

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Sandpipers, Phalaropes (Scolopacidae)

Code 4

AMWO

Code 6

SCOMIN

ITIS

HEAD

American Woodcock Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Dagger
  • Eye Color: Dark brown to black, immatures are light brown with a blue pupil.
  • Head pattern: Eyering, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: Black and brown bars.
  • Forehead Color: Gray
  • Nape Color: Gray
  • Throat Color: Brown and gray.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

American Woodcock Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 28 cm (11 in)
  • Weight: 176 g (6.2 oz)
  • Size: Medium (9 - 16 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown, Gray, Buff
  • Underparts: Pale red-brown
  • Upperparts: Gray, brown and black stripes.
  • Back Pattern: Barred or banded, Mottled
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Solid

FLIGHT

American Woodcock Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: If flushed suddenly from the ground the woodcock will rise vertically with noisy twittering wings, then fly off with rapid, zigzagging flight. Courtship flight involves an upward spiraling flight then rapid fluttering descent.
  • Wingspan Range: 46 cm (18 in)
  • Wing Shape: Rounded-Wings
  • Tail shape: Rounded Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Banded
  • Upper Tail: Black with white band at tip.
  • Under Tail: Black with white band at tip.
  • Leg Color: Pale Gray
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
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