French: Bécasse des bois German: Waldschnepfe Spanish: Chocha perdiz
Azores, Madeira, Canary Is and British Is through N & C Europe and C Asia to Sakhalin I and Japan; also Caucasus, NW China and Himalayas (N Pakistan to N Myanmar). Winters from W & S Europe and N Africa to SE Asia. Traditionally considered rare winter visitor to Philippines (Luzon), but recent work indicated that at least some sightings there referred to a previously undescribed species (on Mindanao and Luzon) (see S. bukidnonensis).
33–35 cm; 131–420 g (mean c. 300 g); wingspan 56–60 cm. Bill long and straight, but relatively shorter than congeners; thick transverse bars on crown,... read more
Male’s roding song (see also Breeding) usually comprises 2–5 slow but accelerating deep croaking or... read more
During breeding season occurs in moist forests, where favours mosaic habitats, and extensive... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly animals, with some plant matter, especially in spring. Animals include earthworms, insects and their larvae, particularly beetles,... read more
Lays from early Mar to mid Apr, late nests to mid Jul, exceptionally even Sept, but young have been recorded as early as mid Mar in UK. It... read more
Mostly migratory, though perhaps only an altitudinal migrant in Himalayas. Fenno-Scandian and some... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). African and European post-breeding population estimated at 15,000,000–37,000,000 birds (1982); c. 310,000 pairs estimated... read more
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