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
2020-11-12 07:40PN Sintra-Cascais--Parque de Natureza da Quinta do Pisão1
2020-11-07 08:14ETAR da Atouguia da Baleia1
2020-11-21 10:00Parque da Quinta das Conchas
2020-11-17 10:00Sapal de Corroios--Ponta dos Corvos1
2020-11-01 07:30Parque do Tejo1
2020-11-06 07:40Foz do Rio Trancão1
2020-11-15 07:04Salinas de Alverca e Forte da Casa--ETAR de Alverca2
2020-11-11 07:37RN Estuário do Tejo--Sítio das Hortas1
2020-11-19 08:22PN Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina--Cabranosa1
2020-11-13 08:35PN Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina--centro urbano de Sagres1
2020-11-07 16:25PN Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina--Ponta da Atalaia1
2020-11-16 16:23PN Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina--Martinhal1
2020-11-25 08:00Manique do Intendente2
2020-11-24 13:33Raposeira1
2020-11-30 07:00RN Estuário do Sado--Mourisca1
2020-11-02 09:33Catalão1
2020-11-21 09:00Pincho1
2020-11-09 08:40Ria de Aveiro--campos abertos do Baixo Vouga1
2020-11-22Ponta de João d'Arens1
2020-11-24 13:55Parque Ambiental de Vilamoura1
2020-11-13 07:40Quinta do Lago Golf Course1
2020-11-29 07:29PN Ria Formosa--Quinta do Lago--área geral2
2020-11-02 15:15PN Ria Formosa--Ludo--esteiros do Ancão e da Maria Nova (percurso sul)1
2020-11-10Torre de Natal1
2020-11-28 07:54Salgados do Fialho (ETAR de Faro)1
2020-11-19Quinta das Flores1
2020-11-29 07:00PN Ria Formosa--Marinha do Baeta1
2020-11-23 07:50Navarro1
2020-11-22 08:33PN Ria Formosa--Quinta de Marim1
2020-11-18 07:23Foz do Rio Guadiana1
2020-11-20 14:56Embalse de Alqueva--Tramo Villarreal1
2020-11-09 08:30Badajoz--Azud del Guadiana1
2020-11-19 07:27PF Herdade da Contenda1
2020-11-21 10:04Ribadeo--Rinlo (Charca e campos)1
2020-11-24 08:30Río Guadiana--Brazo Jamaco (Badajoz)1
2020-11-10 08:20Badajoz--Junta Gévora y Guadiana1
2020-11-11 12:26Huelva--Campus de El Carmen1
2020-11-03 17:47Río Guadiana--Lobón1
2020-11-27 09:00Embalse de Los Canchales--Cola del Lácara1
2020-11-17 14:41Embalse de Horno Tejero1
2020-11-14 17:36Cáceres--Parque Olivar Chico de los Frailes1
2020-11-27 16:44Cáceres--La Sierrilla norte1
2020-11-03 07:49Cádiz--Parque Celestino Mutis1
2020-11-20 10:54Plasencia--Paseo fluvial1
2020-11-10 16:01Parque del Alamillo1
2020-11-15 08:42Parque Celestino Mutis1
2020-11-13 09:52Laguna de la Pablo de Olavide2
2020-11-01 08:40La Janda--Canal Principal1
2020-11-19 14:41Embalse de Alcollarín--General1
2020-11-02 07:00Strait of Gibraltar Bird Observatory1
2020-11-02 12:07Junta de Los Rios -- Casares3
2020-11-03 09:17Sierra de Grazalema PNat--Llanos de Libar, Área General1
2020-11-20 10:00Sierra de las Nieves PNat--Área General1
2020-11-09 15:10Desembocadura del Guadalhorce--Área General1
2020-11-08 09:30Ría de Tinamayor1
2020-11-08 11:51Santander--La Virgen del Mar
2020-11-12 16:10Sureste PNat--Ruta del Soto Gutiérrez1
2020-11-07 14:17Bareyo--Cabo de Ajo1
2020-11-20 12:30El Hondo PNat--Centro de Visitantes1
2020-11-24 12:50PNat del Túria -- Área general1
2020-11-06 16:40Clot de Galvany--Charca Anátidas1
2020-11-08 09:00Lagunas Millars1
2020-11-09 08:45Riu de l'Algar1
2020-11-20 08:57Zona humida de Les Madrigueres1
2020-11-07 15:29Riu Besòs--Desembocadura1
2020-11-12 08:30Galatzó (Finca Pública)1
2020-11-29 16:45Son Pillo - Sud de Calvià1
2020-11-22 08:07Son Quint / Vall del Silenci2
2020-11-20 07:35Vall d'Orient1
2020-11-12 15:28Embassament de Cúber1
2020-11-07 11:30Parc Natural de s'Albufera de Mallorca1
2020-11-04 14:08Camargue--Marais de Verdier / Palunette1
2020-11-13 07:00Linosa1
2020-11-18 07:53Köyceğiz -- Genel1
2020-11-20 11:00Manavgat Nehir Ağzı1
2020-11-11 07:30Habesor Reservoirs==מאגרי הבשור1
2020-11-05 13:09Rosh Tzippor Birdwatching Center מרכז צפרות ראש ציפור2
2020-11-18 07:55Nahal Ekron, Mazkeret Batya נחל עקרון, מזכרת בתיה1
2020-11-10 06:10Nahal Kos, Jerusalem נחל כוס, ירושלים1
2020-11-28 07:08Gazelle Valley עמק הצבאים1
2020-11-28 14:00Jerusalem Bird Observatory התחנה לחקר ציפורי ירושלים1
2020-11-19 14:47Ofra עופרה1
2020-11-12 06:08Neve Ur Fishponds בריכות נווה אור1
2020-11-21 09:17Ein Gev עין גב1
2020-11-14 06:00Arikhiya Farm1
2020-11-03 16:45Mushrif Palace Gardens1
2020-11-07 08:15Al Mamzar Park3
2020-11-07 18:28Garida Dam1
2020-11-27 07:17Lakhanka Dam1
2020-11-21 16:17Avaniya Lake1
2020-11-08 13:27Rancharda Lake1
2020-11-08 10:58Navagam Matar Rd1
2020-11-25 07:22Limbasi-Vastana Rd1
2020-11-23 07:15Jodbeer1
2020-11-14 07:45Virar--Tuss Khadi Beach, Arnala3
2020-11-11 07:30Bhuigaon Beach Vasai1
2020-11-21 13:30Jhulass, Jammu2
2020-11-16 09:02Timbi Lake1
2020-11-10 07:48Satpool Wetlands1
2020-11-24 08:25Gavdevi Mandir, Kharad-Malang1
2020-11-17 08:04Haji Malang1
2020-11-01 09:12Rampura Grasslands1
2020-11-15 08:00Ottu Lake, Sirsa, IN/HR1
2020-11-22 08:03Raiwasa Lake & surroundings1
2020-11-07 07:15Kalamba Reservoir1
2020-11-13 14:42THE KING'S SCHOOL1
2020-11-01 13:25Bhigwan -- Bhigwan Hills1
2020-11-21 07:25Pong Dam--Nagrota Surian1
2020-11-21 06:35Lake Chandlai, Jaipur1
2020-11-08 06:00Barkhera1
2020-11-08 10:30Baroda Daulat Village Pond1
2020-11-22 07:00Baroda daulat1
2020-11-22 07:41Hatnur Dam (IBA)1
2020-11-02 10:11Manhampothi hills1
2020-11-18 10:40Asola Wildlife Sanctuary1
2020-11-30 08:01Okhla Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-14 19:27Okhla Bird Sanctuary1
2020-11-19 15:40Surajpur Police line1
2020-11-28 12:55Asan Conservation Reserve1
2020-11-11 09:29Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP1
2020-11-13 15:15Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East1
2020-11-27 07:34Wildlife Institute of India Campus1
2020-11-08 07:50Jodhpur Jhal Bird Sanctuary1
2020-10-31 15:21Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve1
2020-11-04 17:41College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences1
2020-11-11 07:57National Chambal Sanctuary -- Jaitpur1
2020-11-11 08:31National Chambal Sanctuary -- Nadgawan2
2020-11-12 07:19Kanjikode V.V. College Area1
2020-11-01 15:00Corbett NP--Bijrani Range1
2020-11-25 07:53Sarus Crane Wetlands Saifai near Kirthua1
2020-11-01 06:30Thippagondanahalli (TG Halli) Reservoir1
2020-11-14 07:15Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary1
2020-11-27 07:21Byatarayana Doddi Lake1
2020-11-10 06:30Anekal Dodda Kere1
2020-11-07 06:43Hoskote / Hosakote Kere1
2020-11-08 22:23Uppar Dam1
2020-11-22 07:00Uma Maheswaram1
2020-11-12 12:15Tadoba -- Erai Dam1
2020-11-24 06:15Moharli Gate2
2020-11-05 16:26Gudhiyari Wetlands, Raipur1
2020-11-15 06:30Meghadrigedda Reservoir1
2020-11-29 07:35Manohara River1
2020-11-28 07:45Chandaka Reserve Forest, Bhubaneswar, Odisha1
2020-11-02 07:07Koshi Bird Observatory1
2020-11-15 15:30Bandhi PM1
2020-11-29 09:00Barshul--Bajeshalepur PUB1
2020-11-02 06:00Mehedipur bypass4
2020-11-18 07:00Boshipota1
2020-11-29 06:45Baidyabati DVC Canal1
2020-11-10 06:32Sahapur1
2020-11-29 07:34Rajarhat Wetlands Proposed Silicon Valley Land1
2020-11-25 07:00Rajarhat Wetlands I2
2020-11-26 06:45Munia Zone (Rajarhat)1
2020-11-28 06:04Jaguli grassland1
2020-11-30 06:47New Vision Eco City (Dhaka)2
2020-11-07 07:20Diabari (Dhaka)2
2020-11-07 09:40Zhandahe River (盏达河)1
2020-11-29 16:51Doi Lo paddies (general area)1
2020-11-24 08:02Nong Kra-hoh marshes1
2020-11-14 08:08Pong Daeng paddyfields (general area)1
2020-11-08 15:41Pong Daeng--northern fields1
2020-11-08 07:00Thung Kalo / Uttaradit Rajabhat University1
2020-11-15 16:05Khlong Nong Luang1
2020-10-31 12:59景洪 (Jinghong (Xishuangbanna) General Area)1
2020-11-22 16:41Rim ricefields1
2020-11-06 07:30Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (西双版纳热带植物园)2
2020-11-09 06:01Phou Phanang--Ban Ang (Wealth Coffee)1
2020-11-02 06:19Mekong river Vientiane (Quai Fa Ngum)1
2020-11-16 08:05Vientiane--That Luang Lake & fields1
2020-11-15 06:45Vientiane--Nong Kham Sen wetland1
2020-11-20 07:15Kaeng Lawa1
2020-11-07 10:35Nong Bo1
2020-11-30 06:53Nong Han Lake3
2020-11-18 07:32Dajisha Island大吉沙1
2020-11-02 08:30Coloane Park1
2020-11-27 07:57San Tin1
2020-11-13 10:02Shahe Reservoir1
2020-11-11 13:38Huweishan Park (狐尾山公园)1
2020-11-26 15:58金門--烈嶼陵水湖(Kinmen--Lieyu Lingshui Lake)1
2020-11-03 06:21金門--慈湖全區(Kinmen--Lake Ci)1
2020-11-21 14:13金門--尚義環保公園(Kinmen--Shangyi Eco Park)1
2020-11-15 14:49金門--瓊林水庫(Kinmen--Qionglin Reservoir)1
2020-11-20 07:02金門--西園湖(Kinmen--Xiyuan Lake)1
2020-11-20 07:18金門--金沙后水頭農地(Kinmen--Jinsha Houshuitou Farmland)1
2020-11-04 06:25金門--農業試驗所(Kinmen--Agricultural Research Institute)1
2020-11-21South Lake1
2020-11-16 09:17Coastal Yongqiang- Wenzhou1
2020-11-12 08:48台北--老梅豬槽潭路(Taipei--Laomei Zhucaotan Rd.)1
2020-11-30 06:20Nanhui Dongtan (南汇东滩)1
2020-11-22 07:30島本町--(先)水無瀬ゴルフ場 (Shimamoto--(former) Minase Public Golf Course)1
2020-11-22 09:49大崎市--蕪栗沼 (Osaki--Kabukuri Marsh)1