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Grey Wagtail

(Motacilla cinerea)
German name(s): "Gebirgsstelze", "Bergstelze"
Size: 18-19 cm; wingspan: 25-27 cm
Weight: 14-25 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 Grey Wagtail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "cinerea"




Lateral view of a female Grey Wagtail in breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2017]


Lateral view of a female Grey Wagtail moulting into non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of J. Pires )
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2018]

More photos of Grey Wagtails, race "cinerea", were taken by us in Oman.

Race "robusta"

Photos of Grey Wagtails, race "robusta", were taken by us in Australia.


We have noticed that Grey Wagtails are not as strong as White Wagtails, leading to them being chased away, if spotted.

Food, Diet

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

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