American Woodcock

(Scolopax minor)

Conservation Status
American Woodcock
Photo by Bill Reynolds
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB - Unranked Breeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

There are three pale horizontal bars across the head and nape of neck. The back and underparts are orangish-buff, best seen as the bird is flying away.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

10 to 12 in length

18 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
  Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) crown and nape has pale longitudinal stripes, not horizontal bars. The back and underparts are white. The breast, sides, and flanks are white and heavily barred with black. It is found wet open wetlands, including bogs, fens, cattail marshes, and sedge meadows.  
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Woodlands and thickets adjacent to grassy clearings

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

March to early May and early September to early November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon to common migrant, uncommon breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Charadriiformes (shorebirds and allies)  
 

Family

Scolopacidae (sandpipers and allies)  
 

Genus

Scolopax (Woodcocks)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Philohela minor

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Other Videos
 
  American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Joseph Morlan
 
   
 
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Uploaded on May 21, 2007

Along the boardwalk, adjacent to Crane Creek State Park, we enjoyed watching this American Woodcock probe for worms. Canon PowerShot S3 IS

   
  American Woodcock, Cape May Pt., NJ
Tom Reed
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 9, 2011

American Woodcock feeding along a street in Cape May Point, NJ the day after a snowstorm. January 9, 2011.

   
  American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)
Catherine Carroll
 
   
 
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Published on Apr 30, 2012

Magee Marsh, April 28, 2012. One of the most thrilling photo and video opportunities I have ever experienced.

   
  American Woodcock Dance
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Uploaded on Nov 11, 2011

This American Woodcock was filmed in our yard.

   
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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2011

American woodcock in Maine.

License at http://www.paya.com/videos/135209

   
       

 

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5/15/2004

Location: Pennington Co.

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