Note: Information is dated. Do not rely on it.Woodcock. A famous game bird belonging to the snipe family, and found in northern parts of both the old and new worlds. The American woodcock is about ten and a half inches long, variegated in black, brown, gray, and rusty colors. The bill is very long and flexible at the end, and it is thrust into the soft ground, in search of earthworms. The presence of woodcocks can often be detected by a cluster of these holes. The European bird is larger. It is a winter resident in England, breeding in summer in North Scotland.