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1 March 2016 Note on the Woodcock Rocking Display
Bernd Heinrich
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Scolopax minor (American Woodcock) is well-known for its crepuscular foraging, nuptial sky dance, and concealment by both cryptic coloration and immobility. It occasionally engages in a highly conspicuous rocking motion that has been interpreted by some as a strategy for worm-hunting. However, the literature on this behavior, combined with current observations and theory, can instead more plausibly be interpreted as an advertisement of unprofitability.

Bernd Heinrich "Note on the Woodcock Rocking Display," Northeastern Naturalist 23(1), (1 March 2016).
Published: 1 March 2016
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