Birds of Oman home   Bird names   News    Family groups 1-26    Tips   Glossary   Plumage   Thumbnails    General information    Credits    PHOTOS FOR SALE
NON-PASSERINES     1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9    10     11     12     13     14 15     16     17     18     19     20     21     22     23     24    25    26    PASSERINES
Common names sorted alphabetically: B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  K  L  M  N  O  P  R  S  T  V  W 

24

Grey Wagtail

(Motacilla cinerea)
Size: 18-19 cm; wingspan: 25-27 cm
Weight: 14-25 g

Similar species

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

Physical description

Click here for a physical description

Taxonomy, classification

See Grey Wagtail at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat

Click here for information on habitat and range

Sightings

Click here for sighting information

Photos

Race "cinerea"

ADULT

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Grey Wagtail
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, October 2009]

Lateral view of a female Grey Wagtail; note the absence of white tips on the wing feathers, which is characteristic of this species and the all dark-grey bill, which indicates that this is not an immature bird; a male in non-breeding plumage would have a greyish-streaked chin patch
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, December 2009]

Lateral view of a female Grey Wagtail
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, October 2009]

This photo clearly shows the Grey Wagtail's bright-yellow vent
[Campus of Sultan Qaboos University, near Muscat, October 2009]

Race "robusta"

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

Behaviour

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.

These pages are largely based on our own observations and those of our contributors. The structure of these bird pages is explained HERE. For more salient facts on any bird species please refer to a field guide.

Would you like to contribute photos or sound recordings to this site?
If interested, please CLICK HERE. Credits to contributors are given HERE.