August 2021 – vol. 114, issue 8, pp 480–483 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’... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.