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Scolopax celebensis


30-35 cm. A large woodcock with shortish, rounded wings.

  • Blackish upperparts with red-brown markings
  • Almost unbarred ochre-buff underparts
  • Similar pattern above like Eurasian Woodcock and Amami Woodcock but darker above and with much brighter almost unbarred underparts

Seasonal and sex differences undescribed. Juveniles also undescribed.


Endemic to the mountains of Sulawesi.
A very poorly known species, seldom recorded.


Regarded as monotypic by Clements, however other authorities accept two subspecies:

  • S. c. heinrichi in the mountains of northeast Sulawesi
  • S. c. celebensis in the mountains of central Sulawesi

Closely related to Moluccan Woodcock and sometimes considered conspecific with it.


Found in dense, mature montane forest with thick undergrowth.
Occurs at 1100 to 2500 m.


Runs when disturbed.


Recorded feeding in wet spots like puddles of water made by wild pigs.


No information available.


An apparently sedentary species.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2015)

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