Sunday, 28 August 2011

Picid In Focus: Red-throated Wryneck Jynx ruficollis

Red-throated Wryneck is one of only two species in the genus Jynx. It is also sometimes called Rufous-necked, Red-breasted or Red-necked Wryneck. As is the case with its close Eurasian relative, this species does not excavate its own nesting holes but rather uses the holes of other picids or natural cavities. It occurs in sub-Saharan Africa and is a polytypic species with 3 races usually recognised. Photo taken by Warwick Tarboton at Wakkerstroom, South Africa.

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