It is also known as the rufous-necked wryneck, red-breasted wryneck, African wryneck or rufous-throated wryneck. It has cryptic plumage, with intricate patterning of greys and browns.

Habitat and Distribution

This species is resident in sub-Saharan Africa, and is the non-migratory counterpart of the Eurasian Eurasian wryneck.


Chief prey is ants and other insects.


This is a savannah bird, which requires trees with old woodpecker or barbet holes for nesting.

Calls and Songs

The voice is a nasal woodpecker-like call.