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

White wagtail
Pied Wagtail rear view 700.jpg
White wagtail
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Motacilla alba
(Linnaeus, 1758)
a white wagtail
The range of the white wagtail. Green=all year, yellow=summer and blue=winter.


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 wagtailEdit

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]


  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.
  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".
  5. "Pied Wagtail Bird Facts - Motacilla Alba - The RSPB". The RSPB.