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White Wagtail

(Motacilla alba)
Alternate name(s): "Pied Wagtail"
German name(s): "Bachstelze"

Size: 16.5-19 cm; wing span 25-30 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

Race "alba"

ADULT

BREEDING

MALE

Frontal view of a male White Wagtail on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Bergen, Norway, May 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male White Wagtail, right, with a juvenile on the left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, June 2015]

Near-lateral view of a male White Wagtail; this is the bird whose calls were recorded on 26 March 2017 (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, March 2017]

Near-lateral view of a male White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, June 2015]

Lateral view of a male White Wagtail on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male White Wagtail, left, leaving behind two juveniles, right, to fight over a wasp (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Dorsal view of a male White Wagtail on the ground (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Male White Wagtail preening (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, June 2015]

FEMALE

Close-up near-lateral view of a female White Wagtail; note the smooth transition from grey to black near the top of the head
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

Lateral view of a female(?) White Wagtail, left, with a juvenile, right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Lateral view of a female White Wagtail (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Ovcarsko-Kablarski Canyon, near Cacak, Serbia, October 2017]

Near-dorsal view of a female White Wagtail; note how far the grey extends to the top of the head
(photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Near Oslo airport, Oslo, Norway, June 2018]

NON-BREEDING

Near-dorsal view of a White Wagtail in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Dorsal view of a White Wagtail in non-breeding plumage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Dorsal view of a White Wagtail in non-breeding plumage looking back at the observer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a juvenile White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of a resting juvenile White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-lateral view of a juvenile White Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

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.m4a alba
(Ctl Poland)
Contact calls(?); male © DW

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