Woodcocks have stocky bodies, cryptic brown and blackish plumage and long slender bills. Their eyes are located on the sides of their heads, which gives them 360? vision. Unlike in most birds, the tip of the bill's upper mandible is flexible.

Habitat and Distribution

They breed west of Ireland eastwards across Europe and Asia preferring mostly boreal forest regions in northern Japan, and Norway. Continuing south to the Pyrenees and the northern limits of Spain. They are woodland birds.


They feed at night or in the evenings, searching for invertebrates in soft ground with their long bills.