Eurasian Woodcock

Scolopax rusticola

Armenian Name: Անտառակտցար
Species Status: Undetermined Species - Species of Special Concern
Eurasian Woodcock

See Plate 29 for Eurasian Woodcock and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Rare
Length:33-35 cm, Wing Span:56-60 cm
Distribution Map: Map 136.
Description: Stout snipe-like bird with broad wings and tail. Large head with brown-yellow forehead and wide dark bands across crown. Dark eyes set high on striped face. Long straight bill with dark tip. Brown-red upperparts intricately marked with black, orange, and white; underparts evenly barred. Thick grayish-pink legs.
Similar Species: Differs from snipes by much larger size and broader wings.
Behavior: Active at dawn, dusk, and during night. When flushed, rises on swishing wings and zigzags away into cover, keeping low.
Habitat: Moist woodlands, tree plantations, orchards, vineyards.
Food: Invertebrates, mostly worms.
Nest: Leaf-lined ground scrape.
Eggs: 44 mm, 4, pale pinkish-brown, brown spots.