Moluccan woodcock

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Moluccan woodcock
The geographical distribution of the family Charadriidae, or the plovers, sandpipers, snipes, and their allies (1888) (14568890009).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Scolopacidae
Genus: Scolopax
S. rochussenii
Binomial name
Scolopax rochussenii
Schlegel, 1866

The Moluccan woodcock (Scolopax rochussenii), also known as Obi woodcock, is a medium-sized, approximately 40 cm long, forest wader with long and dark bill, orange buff below and black barred upperparts. The plumage is marked with large buff spots. This species is the largest of the woodcocks, 25% bigger than Eurasian woodcock.

An Indonesian endemic, the Moluccan woodcock is restricted to Obi and Bacan, two small islands in North Maluku. It is known from eight specimens, with the most recent collected in 1980. Nothing is known of its habits.

Due to ongoing habitat loss and limited range, the Moluccan woodcock is evaluated as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

In 2013, the first ever photographs of a living Moluccan woodcock were published.[2]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Scolopax rochussenii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ RGS-IBG Geographical Fieldwork Grant recipients search for the enigmatic Moluccan Woodcock

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