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Eurasian Woodcock Scolopax rusticola  
Eurasian Woodcock
Photographer : © Vivek Tiwari
Location :Sattal, Uttarakhand, India
Date : 24 February 2013
English synonyms:European Woodcock, Woodcock, Common Woodcock
Bird Family :Scolopacinae - Snipes & Woodcocks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :This bird was a surprise since it is rarely reported, perhaps because it is local and nocturnal and is reclusive during the day and beautifully camouflaged among the leaf litter of damp patches of forest. This is a heavily cropped record shot.

Grimmett and Inskipp do say that it winters at lower elevations in the Himalayas, though the map in the new guide only shows it as a breeder. The date - Feb 24th is perhaps too early for breeding. There is also shot on OBI from Garima Bhatia from April, which is perhaps more likely to be during the breeding period. - VT