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    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.

      Relative Sizerobin sizedrobin-sized
      • 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)