White wagtail

species of bird

The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a species of bird.[2]

White wagtail
Female, first summer
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
M. alba
Binomial name
Motacilla alba
Global map of eBird reports      Year-round range     Summer range     Winter range
a white wagtail
Motacilla alba
The range of the white wagtail. Green=all year, yellow=summer and blue=winter.
Cuculus canorus canorus + Motacilla alba

Conservation Edit

They are not an endangered species. They have a stable population of between 130 million and 300 million adult birds. They are found in Europe, Asia and northern Africa. It is possible that climate change is affecting their migration.[3]

Pied wagtail Edit

The pied wagtail is a subspecies of the white wagtail.[4]They are 18cm long, have a wingspan of between 25 and 30cm and weigh between 17 and 25grams.[5]

References Edit

  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Motacilla alba". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. "White wagtail videos, photos and facts - Motacilla alba". Arkive. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  4. Atlas, NBN. "Motacilla alba subsp. yarrellii  : Pied Wagtail - NBN Atlas". species.nbnatlas.org.
  5. "Pied Wagtail Bird Facts - Motacilla Alba - The RSPB". The RSPB.