Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea




17-20 cm


M 15-22 g


(Pallas, 1776)

Short Description:

he grey wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae, measuring around 18–19 cm overall length. The species looks somewhat similar to the yellow wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. The species is always associated with running water when breeding, although they may use man-made structures near streams for the nest. Outside the breeding season, they may also be seen around lakes, coasts and other watery habitats. Like other wagtails, they frequently wag their tail and fly low with undulations and they have a sharp call that is often given in flight. This slim wagtail has a narrow white supercilium and a broken eye ring. The upperparts are grey and the yellow vent contrasting with whitish underparts makes it distinctive. The breeding male has a black throat that is edged by whitish moustachial stripes. They forage singly or in pairs on meadows or on shallow water marshes. They also use rocks in water and will often perch on trees. They have a clear sharp call note and the song consists of trills.  The bird is widely distributed across the Palearctic region with several well marked populations. The nominate form (includes caspica of Iran, Turkey and the Caucasus) is from western Europe including the British Isles, Scandinavia and Mediterranean region. Race melanope, which is not well separated from the nominate subspecies, is described as the population breeding in eastern Europe and central Asia mainly along the mountain chains of the Urals, Tien Shan and along the Himalayas. They winter in Africa and Asia. Race robusta breeds along the northeastern parts of Asia in Siberia extending to Korea and Japan. These winter in Southeast Asia. Island forms include patriciae of the Azores, schmitzi of Madeira and canariensis of the Canary Islands. They sometimes occur on the islands to the West of Alaska but have been known to occur further south in California as a vagrant. Grey Wagtail is frequent to locally common breeding bird, in the vicinity of mountain streams of western Baluchistan north to Chitral and east to Baltistan. The majority winter in well-forested tracts in india. For nesting avoids larger, broader mountain rivers favoured by white wagtails, or marshy grassy areas favoured by citrine wagtails.

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Grey Wagtails are typically observed near water bodies where they feed on aquatic insects, larvae, and small invertebrates. They have a characteristic wagging tail motion, hence their name. They are often seen foraging along the water’s edge, darting and bobbing as they hunt for prey. They are known for their agile and active behavior, frequently flying short distances with quick, fluttery movements. Breeding pairs may build their nests near water sources, often concealed in vegetation or crevices along riverbanks.
Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast

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