American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Peenting: A nasal, buzzing peent, given from the ground at dawn and dusk, before and after the flight display. Similar to and sometimes mistaken for the flight call of the Common Nighthawk. Peents are given mainly by males, but females occasionally give the call as well (Stokes 1989).

American Woodcock, peenting, March 21, 2010, Vernon Marsh, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.


Stokes, Donald W., and Lillian Q. Stokes. 1989. A Guide to Bird Behavior Volume III. Little, Brown and Company. Boston and Toronto.