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The Wryneck Jynx torquilla (L 16-17cm) is an extraordinary member of the woodpecker family whose intricate plumage markings afford it superb camouflage. It feeds mainly on the ground, and is fond of ants. An adult has delicately marked grey, brown, buff and black upperparts, the pattern of which looks like tree bark. The underparts are pale and barred, flushed yellow-buff on the throat and flanks. Note the dark stripes through the eye and down the crown, nape and centre of the back. Juvenile birds have an indistinct crown stripe. Sadly, the days when the Wryneck was a widespread breeding bird in the region are long gone. A handful of pairs nests in the Scottish Highlands but now it is best known as a scarce passage migrant, found mainly in autumn on S and E coasts of England.
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The Wryneck Jynx torquilla (L 16-17cm) is an extraordinary member of the woodpecker family whose intricate plumage markings afford it superb camouflage. It feeds mainly on the ground, and is fond of ants. An adult has delicately marked grey, brown, buff and black upperparts, the pattern of which looks like tree bark. The underparts are pale and barred, flushed yellow-buff on the throat and flanks. Note the dark stripes through the eye and down the crown, nape and centre of the back. Juvenile birds have an indistinct crown stripe. Sadly, the days when the Wryneck was a widespread breeding bird in the region are long gone. A handful of pairs nests in the Scottish Highlands but now it is best known as a scarce passage migrant, found mainly in autumn on S and E coasts of England.

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Date: 29 Aug 2013
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