American Woodcock Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    American Woodcocks are plump, short-legged shorebirds with very long, straight bills. Their large heads, short necks, and short tails give them a bulbous look on the ground and in flight. The wings are broad and rounded compared to most other shorebirds.

    Relative Size

    Bigger and plumper than a Killdeer; slightly smaller than a Rock Pigeon.

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    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 9.8-12.2 in (25-31 cm)
      • Weight: 4.1-9.8 oz (116-279 g)
      • Wingspan: 16.5-18.9 in (42-48 cm)