The wryneck, like its cousins the woodpeckers, feeds almost exclusively on insects which it secures by means of the tongue.
The wryneck is as retiring in disposition as the sparrow is obtrusive.
The wryneck was thought to build the nest, and hatch and feed the young of the cuckoo.
Other naturalists have found the wryneck in India equally tame.
The sound is unlike any other, but that is nothing, since the same can be said of the wryneck and cuckoo and grasshopper warbler.
At most seasons of the year the wryneck is a remarkably silent bird.
He also includes the Nuthatch, which was at that time (as well as the wryneck) called a "Woodpecker."
Last year the wryneck was a scarce bird in this neighbourhood; in all my walks I heard but two or three, and at long intervals.
During the talk that followed I asked him if he knew the wryneck, and if it ever nested in his orchard.
A wryneck made fast to it by a little chain, and by springing from spoke to spoke kept it in continual motion.
wryneck wry·neck (rī'něk')