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White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba)

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)



White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens) White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) Male White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) Male, Central Asia Form White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) Male, stained feathers White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) Female
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) Male

Class: Aves
Family: Motacillidae
Common Name: White Wagtail
Genus: Motacilla
Species Name: alba

About The White Wagtail

The white wagtail eats primarily insects. It catches them while flying or running on the ground. Its long tail is very handy during these capers: it provides a good balance. White wagtails are sometimes called 'plow drivers' because they tend to follow tractors which have just plowed up all kinds of delicious prey. They also pursue their prey among grazing horses, sheep and cows.

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Trips Where Observed

Africa: Egypt and Ethiopia
Around The World in 66 Days
China Solar Eclipse
India
Indonesia
Siberia
Svalbard, Canary Islands, and Spain
Turkey
Uganda and stops between

Member Lifelists

Africa
Asia
Europe
India
Turkey
World

Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
1/25/2006
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba lugens)
ssp. lugens (Black-backed)
3/17/2006
1/1/2011
1/5/2013
3/31/2015
1/16/2017
Seen at camel racing track on the way back to Dubai

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