Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis) - HBW 7, p. 421
French: Torcol à gorge rousse
Spanish: Torcecuello Africano
Other common names: Rufous-breasted/Red-breasted Wryneck, Rufous-throated/Red-throated Wryneck, African Wryneck
Taxonomy: Jynx ruficollis Wagler, 1830, Uitenhage, eastern Cape Province, South Africa.
Forms a superspecies with J. torquilla. Cameroon birds formerly separated as race thorbeckei on basis of more completely barred throat, but this feature occurs also in E populations of pulchricollis. Birds from N Angola sometimes separated as race pectoralis, but indistinguishable from nominate; proposed race cosensi (Kenya, Tanzania) now considered synonymous with nominate. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- aequatorialis Rüppell, 1842 - Ethiopia.
- pulchricollis Hartlaub, 1884 - SE Nigeria and Cameroon to NW Zaire, S Sudan and NW Uganda.
- ruficollis Wagler, 1830 - SE Gabon to SW & E Uganda, SW Kenya and extreme N Tanzania, and S to N & E Angola (S to Cuanza Norte and Malanje, E to Moxico), NW Zambia and E South Africa.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 11 videos
Two birds counter-singing in the same tree. Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp pulchricollis)
Josep del Hoyo 8 September 2006 7 years ago 42 sec 4.6
A bird counter-singing with a neighboring bird. Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp pulchricollis)
Josep del Hoyo 8 September 2006 7 years ago 21 sec 4.5
A bird perched on a broken branch, looking around Locality Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (ssp ruficollis)
Brooke Clibbon 17 December 2002 8 years ago 17 sec 4.3
feeding on a trunk, presumably on ants Locality Lake Langano (Wabe Shebelle) Hotel, Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Martin Kennewell 5 November 2010 4 years ago 42 sec 4.2
A bird singing several times Locality Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (ssp ruficollis)
Christian Boix Hinzen 4 July 2006 6 years ago 20 sec 4.2
A bird calling and turning around, showing its back Locality Hora Crater Lake, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Ron Hoff 30 November 2007 6 years ago 41 sec 3.9
PhotosSee all 19 photos
Bird perched on a tree.
Locality South Africa (ssp ruficollis)
Adam Riley 29 October 2011 8 hours ago ADDED TODAY! 5
Locality Dola Mena, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Fran Trabalon 14 November 2012 1 year ago 4.7
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis)
Nik Borrow 19 November 2012 1 year ago 4.5
a bird on the ground
Locality Lake Langano, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp aequatorialis )
Stefan Helming 27 June 2009 5 years ago 4.3
after feeding at ground the bird was escaping on top of a tree
Locality Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya
Axel Gollnisch 4 February 2014 24 weeks ago 4
Side view of perched adult.
Locality Malolotja Nature Reserve, Hhohho District, Swaziland (ssp ruficollis)
Daniel Hinckley 6 July 2013 37 weeks ago 4