Next year’s bird is the woodcock

Metskurvits. Foto: Susan Johnson
Metskurvits. Foto: Susan Johnson

The Ornithological Society chose the woodcock or nepi, which is known for its spring toy flight, as the bird of 2022.

The woodcock, as its name suggests, is a woodcock living in the forest, which operates mostly in the twilight and at night. Due to its hidden way of life, the species is difficult to study and therefore not much is known about its biology. It is only during a spring game flight that the male birds lose their alertness and show themselves by making territory flights in the twilight.

The numbers of woodcock have been declining for decades throughout their range. The main reasons for this are not so much hunting pressure as habitat destruction and climate change. In its applications, as a wing that seems mystical in many ways, the woodcock as a characteristic of our mature forests deserves to be highlighted and introduced as the bird of the year.

This year’s bird is a golden beak.

Kadri Pulk

Source: Lääne Elu by

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