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Taxonomic classification   Photos
The Eurasian woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) belongs to the family Scolopacidae under the order Charadriiformes.

The genus Scolopax comprises of eight extant species and five fossil species of wading birds. As the name implies the woodcocks are species of woodlands. Their preferred habitat is moist forests with humus accumulation, a good source of their favorite food, the earthworms.

The Scolopax spp. are birds with stocky bodies. They have cryptic rufus, brown and black plumage with intricate patterns, providing camouflage to suit their woodland habitat. They have a slender, long and straight bill. The tip of the upper mandible is flexible.

The eyes are located on the sides of the head. Apart from giving them 360° vision, the location of the eyes provides them better focus while searching for invertebrates in soft ground with their long bills and also protects eyes getting smeared with mud and slush.
Taxonomic classification
Binomial name:Scolopax rusticola
Species:S. rusticola
Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
1.Photo by Jason Thompson

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
2.Photo by JJ Harrison

Eurasian Scolopax rusticola
3.Photo by Ronald Slabke

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola Jason Thompson

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola N p holmes

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola Chun-Chieh Liao

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
7.Picture by Chun-Chieh Liao

Eurasian woodcock - Scolopax rusticola
8.Image by Patty McGann

Scolopax rusticola
9.Photo by Dave Curtis
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1.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Jason Thompson | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 4/14/17
2.Source: (cropped)
Author: JJ Harrison ( | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
3.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Ronald Slabke | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
4.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Jason Thompson | License: CC BY 2.0 as on 4/14/17
5.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: N p holmes | License: CC BY-SA 3.0
6.Source: (cropped)
Author: Chun-Chieh Liao | License: CC BY-NC 2.0 as on 4/14/17
7.Source: (cropped)
Author: Chun-Chieh Liao | License: CC BY-NC 2.0 as on 4/14/17
8.Photo source: (cropped)
Author: Patty McGann | License: CC BY-NC 2.0 as on 4/14/17
9.Photo source:
Author: Dave Curtis | License: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 as on 4/14/17
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