Eurasian Wryneck

Jynx torquilla

(J. t. torquilla)

Armenian Name: Վիզգցուկ
Species Status: Threatened Species - Species of Special Concern
Eurasian Wryneck

See Plate 37 for Eurasian Wryneck and other similar species

Resident Status: Breeding bird
Abundance: Rare
Length:16-17 cm, Wing Span:25-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 195.
Description: Slender relative of woodpeckers with long tail and intricately patterned gray, brown, and black-flecked plumage. Iris is red-brown in adults, gray-brown in juveniles.
Behavior: Feeds mostly on ground. Flight fast and gently undulating. Shows sinuous head and neck movements and jerky gait.
Habitat: Open forests, orchards, river valleys.
Food: Invertebrates (primarily ants).
Nest: Unlined tree cavity.
Eggs: 21 mm, 7-10, white.