Feathery Snake – Eurasian Wryneck
Eurasian Wrynecks are part of the woodpecker family.It is a bird of open countryside, woodland and orchards.
These birds get their English name from their ability to turn their heads through almost 180 degrees. When disturbed at the nest, they use this snake-like head twisting and hissing as a threat display. This odd behavior led to their use in witchcraft, hence to put a “jinx” on someone. They were once thought to wield magical powers and to play a role in witchcraft.
They twist and turn for self defense, likely imitating snakes to ward off predators.
The bird is a winter visitor to Indian Subcontinent.