Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53788

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Charadriiformes
Family:Scolopacidae
Genus:Scolopax
Genus species:Scolopax minor

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:28-35 cm
Identification:The American woodcock is a very chunky bird with short legs and neck. It has a long bill and eyes close to the back of its head. The crown and nape have reddish-brown barred plumage. The top half of the plumage is a dead-leaf pattern consisting of gray, brown and black. The underneath is a light brown color.
Habitat:Mixed forests and open fields
Diet:Carnivore: earthworms and insects
Reproduction:American woodcocks breed in the spring and summer. Females are solely responsible for all care of the young. Nests are made out of leaves on the ground. The four eggs are incubated for 20-22 days before they hatch. The chicks are independent at five weeks of age.
American woodcocks are usually found in pairs or alone.
Behavior:The American woodcock is a migratory species, traveling at night in the fall and spring. They exhibit a peculiar rocking motion as they stand. This behavior may be used to disturb earthworms.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:There are at least two species of woodcock: American and Eurasian.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern United States Date:1958-1988 Subjects:American woodcock
upland ground bird
Woodcock
American
Scolopax
Scolopacidae
Charadriiformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Upland game birds
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/53788