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Synonyms for wryneck

an unnatural condition in which the head leans to one side because the neck muscles on that side are contracted

Old World woodpecker with a peculiar habit of twisting the neck

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The wryneck is a regular autumn migrant to sites in Eastern and Southern Britain.
"He was aboard my father's ship and was saved by the HMS Wryneck, which was bombed a few hours later.
Destroyers Diamond and Wryneck reported sunk during Greek evacuation.
The 91-year-old was one of just eight soldiers who managed to escape as both the Dutch SS Slamat and then the British HMS Wryneck were sunk in the Greek Mediterranean with 843 men lost.
Species already on red list in 2002, and have remained on it in the latest assessment: Aquatic warbler; Bittern; Black grouse; Black- tailed godwit; Capercaillie; Cirl bunting; Common scoter; Corn bunting; Corncrake; Grasshopper warbler; Grey partridge; Hen harrier; House sparrow; Lesser spotted woodpecker; Linnet; Marsh tit; Marsh warbler; Nightjar; Red- backed shrike; Red- necked phalarope; Ring ouzel; Roseate tern; Savi's warbler; Skylark; Song thrush; Spotted flycatcher; Starling; Tree sparrow; Turtle dove; Twite; White- tailed eagle; Willow tit; Wryneck; Yellowhammer..
Bridgend Council's ecologist, Steve Moon, spotted the rare woodpecker, called a wryneck, on Lock's Common, Porthcawl, while out walking his dog.
One of the birds sampled was not a migratory bird (willow tit), and 2 birds were not passerines (cuckoo and wryneck).
Spasm of the sternocleidomastoid muscle, usually of unknown origin but sometimes congenital, is one cause of a flexion deformity of the neck known wryneck or torticollis; other muscles that rotate and flex the neck also may contribute to torticollis (Williams et al., 1995; Standring et al., 2005).
YUNX (yunx)--the young of a minx [the wryneck genus]
Whaup, for example, has been applied to curlew, avocet, and blue tit, and barley-bird to an astonishing tally of at least seven other species: common gull, greenfinch, grey wagtail, nightingale, siskin, wheatear, and wryneck. Bee-bird has covered chiffchaff, green woodpecker, spotted flycatcher, whitethroat and willow-warbler, and blackcap served for bullfinch, stonechat, reed-bunting, and three kinds of tit, as well as the eponymous warbler itself, Sylvia atricapilla.
At home, use the Necky for cervical (neck) pain, wryneck, and shoulder rheumatism.
The same mixture of nostalgia and readiness to adapt is visible 30 years later, in articles on `The Wryneck in Retreat', `Age and the Jockey', `Three Famous Labradors'--all in the October 10th, 1963, issue, which also has a challenging editorial on `Experiments in the Laws of Rugby'.
The former category includes binding-curses, iunx-spells (so called after the jynx or wryneck, a small bird, which was tortured in a form of "persuasive analogy" or sympathetic magic), and spells designed to "lead" the woman to the obsessed lover--what Faraone calls agoge spells (the term is not attested until later).
Over the years they have seen rare birds such as the wryneck, the bittern, and other endangered animals, including a pair of great-crested newts, which were rescued after they had found their way into a warm, dry place under somebody's floorboards.
At the edge of the forest live the wryneck (Jynx torquilla), the redwing (Turdus iliacus), the thrush nightingale (Luscinia luscinia), the barred warbler (Sylvia nisoria), the icterine warbler (Hippolais icterina), the river warbler (Locustella fluviatilis), the common rosefinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), the eagle owl (Bubo bubo), the raven (Corvus corax), the corn crake (Crex crex), the black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa), the kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), the mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos), the garganey (A.