Woodpeckers (Picidae)

Rufous-necked Wryneck (Jynx ruficollis) - HBW 7, p. 421

French: Torcol à gorge rousse German: Rotkehl-Wendehals 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.