The Eurasian wryneck (Jynx torquilla) is a species of wryneck in the woodpecker family. This species mainly breeds in temperate regions of Europe and Asia. Most populations are migratory, wintering in tropical Africa and in southern Asia from Iran to the Indian Subcontinent, but some are resident in northwestern Africa. It is a bird of open countryside, woodland and orchards.

Eurasian wrynecks measure about 16.5 cm (6.5 in) in length and have bills shorter and less dagger-like than those of other woodpeckers. Their upperparts are barred and mottled in shades of pale brown with rufous and blackish bars and wider black streaks. Their underparts are cream speckled and spotted with brown. Their chief prey is ants and other insects, which they find in decaying wood or on the ground. The eggs are white as is the case with many birds that nest in holes and a clutch of seven to ten eggs is laid during May and June.

These birds get their English name from their ability to turn their heads through almost 180 degrees. When disturbed at the nest, they use this snake-like head twisting and hissing as a threat display. This odd behaviour led to their use in witchcraft, hence to put a "jinx" on someone.
Eurasian Wryneck
Date Location Count
2021-03-03 23:31Lamin (Town)1
2021-03-03 07:53Jardim Amnistia Internacional1
2021-02-21 08:10Parque da Quinta das Conchas1
2021-02-28 07:45Parque do Tejo2
2021-02-21 11:18Marina Parque das Nações1
2021-02-08 08:17Enxerim1
2021-02-16 07:45Quinta do Lago Golf Course1
2021-02-16 15:30Laranjal Golf1
2021-02-14Torre de Natal2
2021-02-23 08:14Albufeira de Santa Águeda1
2021-02-14 11:00La Albuera--Laguna Grande1
2021-02-24 07:50Sierra de Fuentes--CRFS Los Hornos1
2021-02-16 07:30Río Guadiana-Junta del Matachel2
2021-02-23 17:17Río Jerte--Puentes de Galisteo2
2021-02-17 09:50Montánchez--Castañar1
2021-02-24 08:58Plasencia - Camino de las Huertas1
2021-02-11 09:27Huelvacar1
2021-02-19 14:58Embalse de Alcollarín1
2021-02-16 18:56La Janda--Arrozales De Benalup1
2021-02-04 12:15León--Parque de Quevedo2
2021-02-25 11:38Olmo de la Guareña--Vallesa de la Guareña-vega río Guareña1
2021-02-19 09:00Desembocadura y playa del Río Vélez1
2021-02-27 11:00Ciudad Real--Parque del Pilar1
2021-03-03 09:22Sureste PNat--Ruta del Soto Gutiérrez1
2021-02-07 16:59Txingudi--Osinbiribil1
2021-02-26 17:15Txingudi--Islas del Bidasoa1
2021-03-01 09:15Parc Natural del Turia--Sendero Local del Río1
2021-02-18 10:38Río Serpis--Alcocer de Planes1
2021-02-26 17:39Desembocadura del Foix1
2021-02-28 16:00Riu Besòs--Desembocadura1
2021-02-24 09:10Finca Son Real1
2021-03-03 09:10Vravrona Wetland1
2021-03-03 07:43Schinias National Park1
2021-03-02 08:10Demre Kuş Cenneti1
2021-02-24 08:18Nahal Ekron, Mazkeret Batya נחל עקרון, מזכרת בתיה1
2021-02-03 16:00Begin Park פארק בגין עין עמית1
2021-03-02 12:53Gazelle Valley עמק הצבאים1
2021-02-21 08:31Jerusalem Bird Observatory התחנה לחקר ציפורי ירושלים1
2021-02-10 07:43Te'enim Rubbish Dump אתר תאנים1
2021-02-09 06:30Kfar Ruppin lower reservoirs כפר רופין מאגרים תחתונים2
2021-02-18 10:38Lake Elementaita--Serena Camp (formerly Delamere Camp)1
2021-03-04 09:07Abu Dhabi Corniche Gardens1
2021-02-27 10:34Heritage Park1
2021-02-19 10:21Ain al-Fayda1
2021-02-15 07:30Mokarsagar Wetland Complex1
2021-02-13 10:15Gadisar Lake1
2021-03-04 07:24Vadla Lake1
2021-02-14 07:41Baghi swamps1
2021-02-11 08:48Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-10 11:00Nalsarovar--Flamingo Sankul1
2021-02-14 07:30Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali1
2021-02-28 08:44Indroda Nature Park1
2021-02-13 15:20Sant Sarovar1
2021-02-13 08:11Punit Van1
2021-02-28 15:13Aranya Udhyan1
2021-02-14 08:13Pariej Lake2
2021-02-14 07:22Mamachi Wadi1
2021-02-18 10:35Timbi Lake1
2021-02-09 09:01Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang1
2021-02-18 07:30Kalamba Reservoir1
2021-02-14 08:01Barkhera1
2021-02-04 15:15Babaji Ki Paal--Kanota Dam1
2021-02-05 10:25Ashapur, Madhya Pradesh, IN (22.499, 75.741)1
2021-02-19 09:14Baroda Daulat Village Pond1
2021-02-12 15:50Mote Majra1
2021-02-17 14:47Siswan Dam1
2021-02-26 09:23Kheda Mankrola HR/IN1
2021-02-27 08:00Budhera WTP, Gurgaon1
2021-02-04 06:47Bhutnal Kere ಭೂತನಾಳ ಕೆರೆ1
2021-02-21 09:00Najafgarh Jheel Area
2021-02-28 08:30Basai Wetland1
2021-02-21 08:25Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon1
2021-02-21 08:00Yamuna Khadar, Wazirabad1
2021-02-26 07:51Asola Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-02-14 08:30Chilla Khadar Mayur vihar IN-DL1
2021-02-26 07:48Okhla Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-07 07:26Asan Conservation Reserve1
2021-03-01 17:44Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP1
2021-02-11 16:26Bhoj Wetland2
2021-02-14 09:28Van Vihar NP1
2021-02-12 09:23Wildlife Institute of India Campus1
2021-02-26 08:58Doon Officers' Enclave, Chandrabani1
2021-02-13 08:55Forest Research Institute (FRI), New Forest Campus1
2021-02-24 12:46Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve2
2021-02-21 06:50Rajaji National Park1
2021-02-04 15:00Kalamaserry Polytechnic Area1
2021-02-15 16:32Saddle Dam1
2021-02-19 20:27Corbett NP--Dhikala
2021-02-06 06:45Perumal Kovil Pathy1
2021-02-26 07:00Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2021-02-21 07:04Hesaraghatta Kere1
2021-02-21 06:30Dodda Begur Kere1
2021-02-16 06:57Hoskote / Hosakote Kere1
2021-02-21 10:22Padariya2
2021-02-14 09:41Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur1
2021-02-18 18:05Chitwan National Park - Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge1
2021-02-17 08:10Chitwan National Park - Sauraha1
2021-02-13 08:00North Odisha University1
2021-02-06 06:59Barshul Ferry Ghat PUB1
2021-02-26 15:04Fulbari Grassland1
2021-02-20 07:24Boshipota1
2021-02-13 08:10Baruipur Marshes1
2021-02-25 08:00Buxa Tiger Reserve--Jainti AD1
2021-02-21 06:00Manas NP--Bhuyanpara Range Office
2021-02-20 06:00Manas NP--Bhuyanpara (Eastern Range)1
2021-02-13 06:35Inani Beach (Cox's Bazar)1
2021-02-08 08:20高黎贡山--百花岭 (Gaoligongshan--Baihualing)1
2021-02-03 07:56Mae Taeng Irrigation Project1
2021-02-07 16:33Mae Faek paddies1
2021-02-27 06:37Mae Ao Yai Ton Bon Reservoir1
2021-02-09 14:23Nong Kra-hoh marshes1
2021-02-26 15:14Pong Daeng paddyfields (general area)1
2021-02-26 07:32Wat Neun Khra Ding1
2021-02-13 15:05Nong Pak Lung (Nong Plung)1
2021-02-14 06:53Hat Siao paddies3
2021-03-01 08:23Bo Kradan paddies1
2021-02-04 16:43Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area--Waterbird Park1
2021-02-28 14:51Khlong Rang Tong wetlands1
2021-02-17 08:41Rim ricefields1
2021-02-11 06:00Pak Phli--Tha Ruea paddies1
2021-03-02 07:35Vientiane--That Luang Lake & fields1
2021-02-27 06:03Kaeng Lawa--"the stakeout bridge" vicinity1
2021-03-01 06:37Kaeng Lawa (general area)1
2021-02-14 14:19Khlong Khok1
2021-02-26 15:50Phutthamonthon Isan1
2021-02-23 15:16Ang Trapeang Thmor1
2021-02-15 18:17Nong Han Lake--Don Langka1
2021-02-07 06:00Hanoi--Red River Island1
2021-02-11 10:03百色园博园 (Baise Garden Expo Park)1
2021-02-20 06:40Muang Champasak wetland1
2021-02-28 10:23大吉沙 (Dajisha Sandbar)1
2021-02-06 07:00Ma Tso Lung1
2021-02-05 09:11金門--烈嶼陵水湖(Kinmen--Lieyu Lingshui Lake)2
2021-02-23 06:54金門--慈湖全區(Kinmen--Lake Ci)1
2021-02-07 08:32金門--慈湖解說站(Kinmen--Lake Ci Exhibition Station)1
2021-03-01 08:16金門--農業試驗所(Kinmen--Agricultural Research Institute)1
2021-02-19 07:00崇明东滩鸟类国家级自然保护区 (Chongming Dongtan NNR)1