Capintors | Facts & Information

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Capintors | Discover Fascinating Facts and Information About Capintors

Capintors (Jynx torquilla) belongs to the genus Jinx, family Picidae. It is a bird that belongs to the family of woodpeckers and can be found under the names of Vartecap, rolling pin or Capintortura.


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Spread throughout Europe it has a population of almost one million pairs. Despite the large number and spread area it is very little known. In our country lives in forest areas with old trees.

It is a migratory bird that in the cold season descends to Southern Asia and Northern Africa. They call him capintors because of his ability to turn his head 180 degrees. It was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1758.

At the moment the capintor Bird is not a vulnerable or endangered species, but it is protected by the European Union for its importance as a migratory bird. In Romania the population is higher than in other countries such as: Germany, Poland, Belarus, Hungary or Ukraine. In Russia it is estimated between 300,000 and 800,000 individuals.

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Food Capiners

The capintor bird feeds on caterpillars, moths, beetles, spiders and other small insects.

Most of the food is made up of ants and their larvae.

Capiners Features

Capintortura is a bird with a body length of 17cm and weight of 30-50 grams. The wingspan (wingspan) is 25 cm. The plumage is not a common one, it is mottled brownish.

Because of the atypical color it is often confused with Thrush. However, the feathers provide good camouflage when standing still on tree branches. The wings and tail are reddish with black lines.

The eyes are migi like two beads of dark color. The legs are short and sturdy, the fingers end with sharp claws with which it easily clings to the bark of trees.

It is a migratory bird that flies up to altitudes of 2500 meters. The flight is slightly wavy. Sometimes they form small groups during migration. In the Warm Period, that is, in summer, it is usually seen in pairs.

After migration the birds that arrive first are privileged in choosing the territory. They choose the best places and delineate them.

The name capintors is given to him because he can turn his head 180 degrees with rapid movements.

He spends some of his time on the ground and the movement is done by jumping. When she is nervous or energetic, she moves her head like a snake on all sides.

Jynx torquilla chinensis

Jynx torquilla sarudnyi

Jynx torquilla Himalayan

Jynx torquilla tschusii

Jynx torquilla mauretanica

Jynx torquilla torquilla

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Breeding Capiners

When it comes to nesting capintors use abandoned nests of woodpeckers that they arrange for the year. If it does not find any free Nest it makes one under the eaves of houses, or in other similar areas.

During the mating season, the males sing continuously to court the females. The song can be heard during May.

The female lays between 5 and 15 eggs, most often 7-10 eggs. The eggs are small, white and oval. Incubation is carried out by both parents for two weeks.

I usually take out only one series of chickens a year, but there are cases when the food is enough and I take out two series. Puppies are born with closed eyes, empty and dependent on their parents. Both parents feed the chicks for about three weeks until they take flight.

Capiners are famous for the mess they leave in the nest. In a few weeks the hollow becomes a full trash can.

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