Scientific name: Scolopax rusticola
Nature Stars: 70
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.
Fantastic fact: Woodcock have very large eyes positioned on the side of their heads, giving them 360 degree vision.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc