The American Woodcock, also known as the timberdoodle, is a ground-dwelling bird native to North America. It's known for its unique characteristics like large and rounded body, short legs and bill, and notably large eyes positioned high on the head.
One of its distinguishing features is its complex courtship rituals. At dawn or dusk during mating season, male woodcocks perform an incredible "sky dance", spiraling into the sky then descending rapidly while singing a distinctive song â€“ a spectacle adored by birdwatchers.
Its plumage is predominantly mottled grey-brown that acts as natural camouflage against predators in their woodland habitats. They mainly feed on earthworms and insects dug out from soft soil using its long beak with an adaptable tip designed precisely for such function.
Despite being primarily nocturnal birds that are quite shy in nature, they boast a rich cultural impact due to their singular beauty and habits making them beloved among many bird enthusiasts.