The Eurasian Wryneck Jynx torquilla is famed for its snake mimicry. When threatened or captured, it performs stereotyped writhing and twisting of the head and neck and/or utters hissing sounds (Steinfatt 1941; Ruge 1971). This snake-like behaviour has been noted throughout history, as evidenced by folk names in numerous languages that refer to this species as the ‘Snakebird’

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