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The Wryneck Jinx

Submitted by on November 24, 2009 – 3:06 am2 Comments
Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) by m. geven

Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) by m. geven

Here’s a video of a wryneck. This bird gets its name from its ability to turn its head almost 180 degrees. When disturbed or threatened, the bird uses this snake-like head twisting movement along with a hissing noise to ward off danger.

The wryneck’s scientific name is Jynx torquilla. Torquilla is from the latin word torqueo meaning “to twist” or “little twister”. This is in reference to the way the bird moves its head. Due to this odd movement, the bird is believed to have been used in witchcraft. Hence the term, jinx from Jynx or “to put a jinx on someone”.


  • http://twitter.com/robertahynes Roberta Hynes

    Amazing photo with such fantastic detail! And that video is just crazy! I have never seen anything like it! I learned something new about the word jinx!

  • robertahynes

    Amazing photo with such fantastic detail! And that video is just crazy! I have never seen anything like it! I learned something new about the word jinx!