any of several small Old World climbing birds of the subfamily Jynginae, of the woodpecker family, noted for the peculiar habit of twisting the head and neck.
Origin of wryneck
First recorded in 1575–85; wry
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Historical Examples of wryneck
The wryneck was thought to build the nest, and hatch and feed the young of the cuckoo.
"That can be nothing else but a wryneck," said Jimmy, noticing its movement.
At most seasons of the year the wryneck is a remarkably silent bird.
Like very many other migrants, the wryneck does not appear to be powerful on the wing.
Other naturalists have found the wryneck in India equally tame.
British Dictionary definitions for wryneck
either of two cryptically coloured Old World woodpeckers, Jynx torquilla or J. ruficollis, which do not drum on trees
informal a person who has a twisted neck
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