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
2020-01-31 07:26PN Langue de Barbarie--Zebrabar1
2020-02-13 12:25Richard Toll--east and south-east2
2020-02-14 13:02Stala Adventures Eco-Lodge1
2020-01-26 15:50Granja do Marquês1
2020-02-11 15:30Praia do Dafundo1
2020-02-16 08:41Docapesca de Algés1
2020-02-04 09:00Pêra de Baixo1
2020-02-05 08:25Parque Urbano dos Moinhos de Santana1
2020-02-14 13:30Parque da Paz1
2020-02-09 10:01Parque do Monteiro-Mor
2020-01-26 10:15Parque da Quinta das Conchas1
2020-02-11 08:59Oued Massa--champs d'Aghorimze1
2020-01-21 10:10Manique do Intendente1
2020-02-07 15:30Aldeia Bugaga1
2020-02-09 07:52Pateiras do Ave1
2020-02-05 08:50Parque da Devesa1
2020-02-11 09:15PN Ria Formosa--Quinta do Lago--área geral1
2020-02-08 13:51Albufeira do Pinhão1
2020-02-05 16:07Manta Rota--foz da ribeira do Álamo1
2020-01-27 07:36Altura1
2020-02-02 12:30Vila Verde de Ficalho1
2020-01-21 15:54Cáceres--Fuente del Hinche1
2020-02-05 16:37Corrales de Rota1
2020-01-26 11:43Río Guadiana--Puente de Valverde1
2020-01-24 09:40Embalse de Alcollarín--General1
2020-01-24 11:09Azud de Alcollarín1
2020-01-26 10:07Embalse de Arrocampo--Observatorio 11
2020-02-06 12:26Salamanca--Parque Botánico de la Universidad-Huerta Otea1
2020-02-16 10:23Alía--Almansa1
2020-01-29Arroyo Ramírez de Bienquerido1
2020-02-15 15:10Sureste PNat--Miralrío, Velilla de San Antonio1
2020-02-18 07:56Río Andarax--tramo Recinto Ferial1
2020-02-17 09:05Río Andarax--Desembocadura1
2020-01-29 13:46Txingudi--Plaiaundi1
2020-02-02 07:31Lagunas de Campotejar ZEPA1
2020-02-01 09:19Zaragoza--Parque del Agua1
2020-01-29 11:05Zaragoza--Parque de los Cineastas1
2020-02-15 08:25Parque de La Marjal1
2020-02-08 09:00Estanys d'Almenara - Marjal de la Almenara1
2020-02-17 14:45Riu Besós--Parc Fluvial1
2020-01-27 16:30Riu Besòs--Desembocadura1
2020-02-13 11:00Ichkeul NP1
2020-02-19 08:01Nahal Ekron, Mazkeret Batya נחל עקרון, מזכרת בתיה1
2020-02-15 07:44Agmon Hefer אגמון חפר1
2020-01-22 15:07Mt. Carmel הר הכרמל שוויצריה הקטנה1
2020-02-12 07:30Nahal Revida נחל רבידה1
2020-01-27 08:46Gazelle Valley עמק הצבאים1
2020-02-16 07:34Wohl's rose garden גן הורדים ע"ש וואהל1
2020-01-27 10:00Agamon Hula Pelican Hide אגמון החולה--מצפור שקנאי1
2020-01-28 16:00Liwa Oasis East1
2020-02-19 16:17Ayn Hamran2
2020-02-11 12:15Tawi Atayr1
2020-02-07 07:30Amar Sagar1
2020-02-12 13:50Rann Riders, Dasada1
2020-02-16 08:20Thol Bird Sanctuary1
2020-02-18 10:30Indroda Nature Park1
2020-02-04 11:01Aranya Udhyan2
2020-02-06 16:03Tal Chhapar Sanctuary1
2020-02-19 08:30Tal Chhapar WLS--Gaushala Area1
2020-02-16 07:00Kasarsai Dam, Pune1
2020-02-13 08:21Pong Dam--Nagrota Surian1
2020-01-31 09:54Pongdam1
2020-02-01 14:58Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Dam)1
2020-01-30 07:05Ranthambhore Heritage Haveli hotel1
2020-02-13 10:30Bhomiya Ji Maharaj Temple2
2020-02-10 12:09Dighal1
2020-02-10 07:01Sultanpur National Park3
2020-01-25 08:30Sultanpur National park and Flats1
2020-02-16 08:00Amity University, Gurgaon--Herbal Garden1
2020-02-16 07:34Amity University, Gurgaon1
2020-02-15 07:09National Brain Research Centre Manesar IN-HR2
2020-01-31 13:13Najafgarh Jheel Area1
2020-02-09 07:15Aravalli Biodiversity Park, Gurgaon1
2020-02-15 07:28Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus1
2020-02-05 06:55Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary1
2020-02-16 06:55Keoladeo Ghana NP, Bharatpur1
2020-02-05 16:05kumbhari lake, Akola1
2020-02-17 12:25Karwapani (sal forest south of WII), Dehradun1
2020-02-17 16:30Wildlife Institute of India Campus1
2020-02-17 13:44Forest Research Institute (FRI), New Forest Campus1
2020-02-17 14:49Khalanga Reserved Forest1
2020-01-26 09:21Gujjar Basti Mazar Trail1
2020-02-15 06:22Hessaraghatta Kere1
2020-02-02 06:25Singanayakanahalli (Nagadasanahalli) Kere1
2020-02-01 07:10Dodda Begur Kere1
2020-02-07 17:56Ramtek, Nagpur Dt1
2020-01-26 06:30Rishi Valley (General Area)1
2020-02-01 06:45Sanjay Dubari (Dubri) Tiger Reserve1
2020-02-14 08:43Dalpat Sagar1
2020-02-01 06:42Telidih1
2020-01-26 08:00Old Panchanandapur Chaur (Farakka IBA)1
2020-02-14 10:00Sagardighi Ash Pond1
2020-02-15 15:10Mehedipur bypass1
2020-02-09 08:00Boshipota 11
2020-01-26 09:38Bagasara1
2020-02-13 14:00Rajarhat Wetlands Proposed Silicon Valley Land1
2020-01-25 12:10Gelephu1
2020-02-14 07:22New Vision Eco City1
2020-01-29 12:30Baikka Beel Wetland Sanctuary1
2020-01-25 13:30Kaziranga West Zone, Assam, IN (26.583, 93.291)1
2020-02-10 07:30Kaziranga Central Zone (26.605, 93.392)1
2020-02-17 17:44Doi Lo paddies (general area)1
2020-02-10 07:15Mae Taeng Irrigation Project1
2020-02-11 07:26Ban Waen – Sob Mae Kha lakeside scrub & paddies1
2020-01-26 16:40Fang paddies west of the district town1
2020-02-12 07:45Mae Ai paddies1
2020-02-09 13:00Tha Ton--paddies around Huai Mafueang1
2020-02-05 07:00Tha Ton--water tower vicinity1
2020-02-18 16:20Nong Kra Hoh marshes1
2020-01-21 13:31Mae Tho River near Tak Provincial Town1
2020-02-18Reservoir in woodland on Huai Mae Salit Noi1
2020-01-28 07:00Khlong Da Baek Reservoir1
2020-02-15 07:00Pong Daeng--northern fields1
2020-01-29 08:50Nong Makha Fields2
2020-02-17 15:15Nong Luang in Wiang Chai District1
2020-02-08 11:08Nong Luang (Khlong Mae Lua)2
2020-01-25 15:30Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area--Jo Thong Dam1
2020-02-08 09:40Nong Bong Khai Non-hunting Area (general area)1
2020-02-06 09:30Nong Pla Lai paddies1
2020-02-15 16:00Bueng Boraped Non-hunting Area--Waterbird Park1
2020-02-06 07:00Phetchaburi--Ban Khum fish ponds and paddies1
2020-02-17 17:45Laem Phak Bia--garbage dump1
2020-02-19 17:03Laem Phak Bia--Environmental Research & Development Project1
2020-01-28 07:41Lat Krabang paddies1
2020-02-15 15:41La Han Lake (Bueng La Han)1
2020-01-28 11:00Dajisha Island大吉沙1
2020-02-03 15:00金門--空中大學水池(Kinmen--Pond of National Open University)1
2020-01-22 16:41台南--高鐵台南站(Tainan--High Speed Rail Tainan Station)1
2020-02-12 07:03宇治市--巨椋干拓 (小倉の水田) (Uji--Ogura Reclamation Area (Ogura ricefields))1
2020-02-07 06:40前橋市--大室公園 (Maebashi--Omuro Park)1
2020-02-02 08:39横浜市--舞岡公園 (Yokohama--Maioka Park)1