Migratory Bird Program
Conserving the Nature of America
Focal Species

American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

The American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) has been identified as a focal species of management concern due to apparent long- and short-term population declines in North America and existing threats in both its breeding and non-breeding grounds.
Habitat loss and alteration across Woodcock range through urbanization, reforestation, drainage of wetlands, and agricultural development, in particular along the east coast of the United States, is suspected as the primary cause of region-wide population declines.


Robertson, B. 2002. The Nature Conservancy Species Management Abstract: American Woodcock ( Scolopax minor ). Downloaded from (http: conserveonline.org) on 9/6/2006.

Keppie, D.M. and R..M. Whiting, Jr. 1994. American Woodcock ( Scolopax minor ). In The Birds of North America, No. 100 (A. Poole and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D.C.: The American Ornithologists Union.



American Woodcock

American Woodcock

American Woodcock - Photo by Steve Maxson

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Last updated: December 2, 2011