Name: Woodcock

Scientific name: Scolopax rusticola

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 70

What are nature stars?

About: A fairly large, dumpy, short-legged wader, about 30cm long. Brown with an intricate pattern of black and grey barring and broad black bars across the back of the head. Short greyish-pink legs and a very long, straight bill. The Woodock lives in woodlands,

How to identify: Only likely to be confused with the smaller Snipe, which is a bird of wet grassland and marshes, not woodland. Woodcock has dark bars going across the crown, while Snipe has dark stripes going along the crown.

Where: Widespread, a fairly common but shy breeding bird of deciduous woodlands.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 40
  • Agility: 50
  • Rarity: 70
  • Cute factor: 60
  • Traveller: 70

Fantastic fact: Woodcock have very large eyes positioned on the side of their heads, giving them 360 degree vision.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-10-10 10:30:57
    • Foxalas

    I have yet to see one!!!