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Woodcock, large game bird of the snipe family. One species lives in eastern North America and another in Europe and Asia. Woodcocks are very well camouflaged and are difficult to see against the forest floor. They become active at dusk, and the males fly up and down regular routes, croaking and whistling to establish a territory. They feed mainly on earthworms that they catch by thrusting their bills into the soil, opening just the tip to seize the worm.

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