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White Wagtail

(Motacilla alba)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Wagtail"
Size: 18-20 cm
Weight: 25-30 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See White Wagtail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

More photos of White Wagtails were taken by us in Oman and in Europe.

Race "leucopsis"(?)

ADULT

MALE

NON-BREEDING

Near-frontal view of a non-breeding male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of L. George)
[Point Samson, WA, October 2013]

Lateral view of a non-breeding male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of L. George)
[Point Samson, WA, October 2013]

Lateral view of a non-breeding male White Wagtail, slightly different posture (photo courtesy of L. George)
[Point Samson, WA, October 2013]

Near-dorsal view of a non-breeding male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of L. George)
[Point Samson, WA, October 2013]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial Mobility: Vagrant Elementary unit: Solitary/pair

Food, Diet

Like all other wagtails known to us, White Wagtails are insect hunters. They take their prey from the ground or the surface of fresh water.

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

whitwag_dw_20170326.mp3 alba
(Ctl Poland)
Contact calls(?); male © DW

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