Sunday, January 4, 2015

Woodcock - Bird

It flies with its chicks between its feet...

Woodcock are solitary birds, that are usually intimately connected with water and live as close as possible to it. Woodcock, however, have adapted to living in forested or wooded areas, coniferous or deciduous, and in thickets and heathland. They seem to prefer damp places though, and are occasionally found near stagnant pools and forest-bound lakes. They have a very special diet; in fact, they feed almost exclusively on earthworms, with the percentage being as high as 85%. The Woodcock bird becomes active at night, or rather at dusk, when they go in search of food among the litter of dead leaves, prodding the loose earth with their long beaks. The tip of their beak is equipped with a number of nerve endings which make it highly sensitive as a probing instrument. You know, that reminds me, concerning birds with long beaks, when I was writing about the interestingly strange Kiwi Bird, here: exotic-life-creatures.blogspot.com/2013/07/kiwi-bird.html

Anyway, during the day these birds rest on the ground among dead leaves, perfectly camouflaged thanks to their plumage (feathers). Provided they keep still, they are almost undetectable. If disturbed, they whirr quickly into the air and zigzag away amongst the trees, and come to land some distance away. During the mating season the males make repeated flights to patrol and define their territory. At dawn and dusk they fly in a circle uttering very distinctive, low-pitched croaks. Woodcocks are some of the few birds which carry their young. They pick them up between their feet and fly off with them to some safe place; several journeys may be necessary for the removal of all the nestlings, since only one can be carried at a time. At any rate, that's a quick bio for the Woodcock; ha!

Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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