550 White Wagtail



The White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is 16-18 cm long species in the wagtail family. It has  white forehead, cheeks, ear-coverts and head sides; black chin, throat, rear crown, nape and hind neck; grey upperparts, mantle  and scapulars, and uppertail coverts; two white wing bars; black breast; white belly, and black bill, legs and feet. It is found breeding in much of Asia, Europe, and Africa. It derives its name “wagtail,” like all other wagtails, from its most conspicuous trait of constant tail wagging.