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Genus: Jynx


A distinctive genus of woodpeckers with two species.
Wrynecks do not have a stiff tail like other woodpeckers, so they don't have the same ability to climb up trunks. Their bills are shorter and they don't excavate their own nest holes. They are able to twist and gyrate their necks to 180 degrees or more, hence their English name.


Jynx is a genus in the Family Picidae.

Genus Jynx viewedit
J. torquilla Eurasian Wryneck
J. ruficollis Rufous-necked Wryneck


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 2002. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 7: Jacamars to Woodpeckers. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334375

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Pages in category ‘Jynx’

The following 2 pages are in this category, out of 2 total.