photo by Phil Swanson
L 11″ (28 cm).
Song or calls:
Common call is nasal “peent.”
Description: Sexes similar. A very chunky bird. Short-necked; short legs; long yellow bill; barred crown; and large eyes set high in a large head. Mottled brown above and buffy below.
Behavior: When flushed, flies up abruptly and wings make a twittering sound. Elaborate mating display performed by male.
Habitat: Migrants associated with floodplain forests with scattered trees, and where the land is poorly drained leaving the soil moist and easily probed into for earthworms.
Where in Nebraska: Uncommon to occasional spring and fall migrant, and rare summer resident in eastern Nebraska.
Breeding records exist for the state, and displaying birds seen near Grand Island.
Fun Facts: The nickname of the American Woodcock is “timberdoodle”.