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White Wagtail

A variant of the more familiar pied wagtail, Not considered a separate species.

Photograph by: 
Mike Morse

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Common Name White Wagtail
Scientific Name Mottacilla alba
Species Group Birds Pipits and Wagtails
Status Occasional
Interest Level
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
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A pied wagtail with a much paler grey back

Identification Notes
  • The pied wagtail and the white wagtail are different races of the same species
  • The white wagtail breeds throughout mainland Europe and is seen here primarily on migration
  • Very difficult to separate these two in flight and are often just called alba wagtails 
Primary Habitat
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