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Eurasian Wryneck

Eurasian Wryneck
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Copyright: DEVENDRA BHARDWAJ (DevendraBhardwa) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 26] (416)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon F60, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-03 22:00
Viewed: 4688
Points: 0
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The Eurasian Wryneck occurs across Europe, temperate boreal Asia, Japan and extreme northern Africa. Wrynecks get their name from the unusual, snakelike way they twist their neck when captured. When cornered at the nest, a Wryneck will mimic a snake by raising its crown feathers, open it bill, stretch out its head and neck, and hiss and suddenly recoil. Young birds also show this behavior . The Wryneck is 16 to17 cm long with a wingspan of 25 to 27 cm. Its cryptic coloration suggests a nightjar. Its scientific name torquilla is from the latin torqueo meaning "to twist" or "little twister," The bird is small with a complex plumage pattern. It is grayish overall with brown and buff mottling. This species is a long distance migrant, and can cover a distance of 600 km in 8-9 days . Wintering grounds range from sub-Sahara Africa to Indian and southeast Asia.This photo taken in Rajasthan. Wrynecks prefer open forests, clearings, and woodlands with low undergrowth. Wrynecks feed mainly on ants and their larvae. This is accomplished with a long sticky tongue. Wrynecks may have the longest tongue of any bird species!

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