10 Fascinating Birds That Start with The Letter W

They may not be as colorful as the turacos, lovable as the talking-parrots or as agile as the fierce raptors — but these birds are indeed fascinating! Read on and learn more about them.

Willet

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The Willet (Tringa semipalmata) is a large stocky shorebird characterized by its long gray legs and straight bill. The species breeds from central Canada to northeastern California and winters along the Atlantic Coast. It prefers freshwater and salt marshes, coastal beaches, and wet prairies. Willet has drab plumage with white and black pattern running across each wing. The underparts are lighter in color and the tail is white laced with a dark band at the tip. Adult males measure about 13-15 inches in length. This fascinating bird feeds on small crabs, marine worms, fish, and aquatic insects.

Woodcock

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The woodcock is any of eight species of wading birds in the genus Scolopax. Only two species namely: the     Eurasian Woodcock (Scolopax rusticola) and the American Woodcock (Scolopax minor) are widespread, the others including the Philippine Woodcock (Scolopax bukidnonensis) are local island endemics. The species prefer moist woodlands. Another fascinating bird, it is generally blackish/brown in color with long slender bill. Its large eyes is well-positioned on the sides of its head. Adult males can measure up to 10 to 11 inches long and weigh 4  to 7 ounces. This bird feeds mainly on earthworms, insect larva, grubs and other invertebrates.

Wren

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The Wrens are any of the 80 extant species of passerine birds in the family Troglodytidae. Depending on the species, wrens inhabit a wide range of habitats – from dry, wooded areas, rocky coasts, rainforest, and cultivated land. It is easily recognized by its generally drab plumage; small, round body and its distinctive small tail. Depending on the species, wrens measure 10 cm or less (3.9 in) – 22 cm (8.7 in)  and weigh from 9 grams (0.32 oz) – 50 grams (1.8 oz). Most species feed on insects, spiders, larvae and occasionally seeds and fruits.

Wryneck

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The wrynecks (genus Jynx) are small sparrow-sized bird comprising the genus Jynx. These Old World woodpeckers have two extant species; the Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) and the Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis). It is widespread in most of Europe and parts of central Asia. The species prominent features include large head, long, sticky tongue, and short, dagger-like bills. Both species sport cryptic plumage with flashes of gray and brown patterns. On average, males measure long with a 26 cm wingspan and up to 38 grams in weight. Wrynecks feed mostly on ants, but also eat other small insects. This fascinating bird has the ability to twist its neck up to 180 degrees.

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20 Responses to “10 Fascinating Birds That Start with The Letter W”
  1. Tulan Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Thank you, Papaleng, for all the wild life information. It’s an education.


  2. norlaw Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Great article


  3. norlaw Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    How do you get your pictures spread through your article? I have tried it and they always go side by side.


  4. papaleng Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    comments will surely be reciprocated.. :)


  5. Mr Ghaz Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    “W”..Wow..awesome..love the photos.. :)


  6. Starpisces Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    “W” – Wise Writer, Well-Written With Wonderful Words Without Wrong Ways, WOW!!!
    Weeeee Weeee (Whistling)… Wahahaha


  7. gaby7 Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is absolutely awesome!


  8. avissado Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    you always put up the most amazing pictures. Love your posts for it! thanks for sharing


  9. lapasan Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Another great article from your popular series. I think that one or more of your posts on your blogs have received thousands of views.


  10. Martin Kloess Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Thank you for this.


  11. LCM Linda Says...

    On September 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    It’s a surprise to know so many fascinating birds that start with the letter W. Great research. Many birds look beautiful.


  12. PR Mace Says...

    On September 16, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Well done and quite educational.


  13. Eunike Says...

    On September 17, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Woodcock …… id this the kind of Woody Woodspeaker


  14. lonelyplanet Says...

    On September 17, 2012 at 2:04 am

    “W”..Wow..awesome..love the photos.. :)


  15. realityspeaks Says...

    On September 19, 2012 at 3:54 am

    Awesome post.


  16. shefaliarora Says...

    On September 21, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Thank you, Papaleng, for all the wild life information. It’s an education.


  17. mishee Says...

    On September 23, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Nice article papaleng. Waya, Warrot, Weagle :D haha


  18. lauralu Says...

    On September 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This is great I love it and the pictures are incredible.


  19. lauralu Says...

    On September 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This is great I love it and the pictures are incredible.


  20. Trey Allen Says...

    On October 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Nice pic and article


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