JYNX

(Picidae; Ϯ Eurasian Wryneck J. torquilla) L. iynx, iyngis  wryneck  < Gr. ιυγξ iunx, ιυγγος iungos  wryneck, a bird wrought large in ancient superstition, especially as a charm to bring back a strayed lover (the unfortunate bird being tied to a length of string and whirled around)  < ιυζω iuzō  to shout  < ιυ iu  exclamation of surprise (cf. Gr. myth. Iynx, one of the Pierides, who, having failed to best the Muses in a singing contest, was transformed into a bird); "53. JYNX.  Rostrum teretiusculum, acuminatum.  Nares concavæ.  Lingua teres, lumbriciformis, longissima, apice mucronata." (Linnaeus 1758); "Jynx Linné, Syst. Nat., ed. 10, 1, 1758, p. 112. Type, by monotypy, Jynx torquilla Linné." (Peters 1948, VI, 86). Linnaeus's Jynx comprised a single species. 
Var. InxIunx, Iynx, Junx, Ynx, YunxYunz.
Synon. Torquilla.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 21 January 2019).