Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba

This is quite a familiar black and white little bird that keeps bobbing its long tail. Found in various habitats, it appears to get quite used to people, especially in urban environments like towns and cities. I followed this lively one along a pebbly beach before it found this rock to sit on for a better view. Common and widespread throughout Britain, it mainly feeds on insects.

Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba


Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba), West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Wales. April 2017.

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12 thoughts on “Pied Wagtail

  1. Love them! There’s always a couple in the car park at our supermarket, and they march around so beautifully then do a sudden little dash when they think they’ve spotted a fly. Great shot Pete!

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  2. Nice!
    We used to get wagtails all the time at our spot, hopping all over the lawn their tails bobbing up and down. Don’t see them much any more and I suspect it is because of the Mynahs that took up res. here. And they are very territorial.

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