Scolopax Linn., Syst. Nat., 10th ed., i, p. 145 (1758).
Type by mon., Scolopax rusticola Linn.
In the genus the bill is long, slender, rather soft and swollen at the tip ; both mandibles grooved, the linear nostril being placed at the base of the upper; the gape is forward of the base of the culmen; wings long with first primary longest; tail-feathers twelve in number, short and soft in texture ; legs short, feathered to the joint of the tarsus.
Only one species, the typical form, is found in India.