White wagtail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: Motacilla alba

White wagtails, or Motacilla alba, are lively birds found in most of Europe. They get their name from the way they wag their tails. the British subspecies is called pied wagtail.


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pied wagtail.

These birds have black chest and top of the head. They have a white stripe going along the side of their to their underparts, which are also white. Pied wagtails have black back and wings. They also have white barring on the wings and are easy to recognize due to the way they wag their tails up and down.


White wagtails are lively birds and are often seen around picnic tables.


These pied wagtails feed mainly on invertebrates, but they will also eat left overs on picnic tables.


Pied wagtails are mostly found in open areas, and build their nests in concealed places, sometimes in walls. They lay 5 or 6 white and grey eggs.


These birds are found throughout the whole of Europe, though they are only sighted in Scandinavia and Iceland during the summer. They are also seen in North Africa.

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