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Eurasian Wryneck

Jynx torquilla

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Uncommon to fairly common summer migrant to warmer regions from winter grounds in Africa and, in small numbers, Iberia. Favors open country with scattered trees, orchards, farmland; nests in tree cavities. Feeds mostly on the ground, probing with its long tongue for ants; hops with deliberate, rather jerky motions, often twitching its tail and turning its head. Doesn’t really look like any other European bird, but cryptic plumage and sluggish habits make it easily overlooked. Note broad black stripe down middle of crown and back.

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