WRY­NECK

Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

For­merly a wide­spread breeder, this anoma­lous, cryp­ti­cally pat­terned wood­pecker, which looks like a war­bler mixed with a Night­jar (and noth­ing like other wood­peck­ers), is now only found as a scarce pas­sage mi­grant, mainly to the east and south coasts. They are odd birds, with beau­ti­ful, sub­tle plumage and feed­ing habits a bit like a Green Wood­pecker (ie shuf­fling about on the ground, hoover­ing up ants with a very long, sticky tongue).

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