Dove sized bird with 3" long bill

by Shirley
(Thousand Oaks, CA)

This bird is about the size of a dove…it may have been a young bird, and is grayish with darker, almost black on head and wings with white vertical stripes going from head to end of wings. It's bill was super long - about 2 1/2 to 3 inches. It was poking ii's bill into the grass and wet muddy area of our backyard, finding worms and eating them. It ate a ton of worms then nestled on the grass in the shade for a rest. It reminding me in looks, like a cross between a woodpecker and a long-billed curlew. I've never seen a bird like this before. I took pictures and video with my cell phone so they are not spectacular but, if you zoom in some you can get better detail.

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Jan 20, 2014
I think I know the species!!! NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe it is a Wilson's or Common Snipe!

Jan 20, 2014
looks like it might be
by: Anonymous

a hoopoe

Jan 19, 2014
bird eating worms - yes!
by: Anonymous

Definitely worms!!! I have video of it!

Jan 19, 2014
dove sized bird with 3"long bill
by: Anonymous

Are you certain it was eating worms or could it have been insects or ants?

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