Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba )

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What Does The Pied Wagtail Look like ?

Also reffered to as theWhite wagtail. A small, long-tailed and rather sprightly black and white bird. When not standing and frantically wagging its tail up and down it can be seen dashing about over lawns or car parks in search of food. It frequently calls when in its undulating flight and often gathers at dusk to form large roosts in city centres.

How Big Is It ?

Aprox 18 cm , weighing 22 g


Where does it live?

Pied wagtails prefer habitats near water - river banks or lake edges with a stony or gravelly shore. Pasture, moorland, farmland - especially areas of mixed farming - coasts and estuaries, and parks and gardens.
They leave upland areas of Scotland and many birds can be seen around reservoirs, on caosts, on arable farmland and at sewage works. Large winter roosts may be found in reedbeds, bushes and even trees in urban areas.

When does it Breed ?

April to July , 5 - 6 eggs, Incubation 12 - 14 days , young fledging at 14 to 15 days, Double Brooded . Nests in loose colonies in trees

Where to see it

They can be found across the UK in open countryside , leaving some of the highland and northern areas of Scotland in winter. Best looked for near water and can be found in most habitats, even town centres. They gather together in large roosts, sometimes in towns, often assembling on roofs beforehand.

What does it eat?

Is an Insect eater

What does it sound like?

Call a is a sharp 'chissick'; song is a quiet twittering



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