Javan woodcock

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Javan woodcock
The geographical distribution of the family Charadriidae, or the plovers, sandpipers, snipes, and their allies (1888) (14755230102).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Scolopax
S. saturata
Binomial name
Scolopax saturata
Horsfield, 1821

The Javan woodcock or rufous woodcock (Scolopax saturata) is a small wader. It is smaller than Eurasian woodcock, and has much darker plumage. It was formerly considered to be conspecific with the New Guinea woodcock and called collectively the dusky woodcock.

This species is restricted to wet mountain forests on Sumatra and western Java. It nests on a bed of moss in light undergrowth. It has a "roding" display flight like Eurasian woodcock, but the calls are different. It can be very tame.


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2004). "Scolopax saturata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is near threatened

Further reading[edit]

Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant and Prater, ISBN 0-7099-2034-2