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Showing posts with label wagtail. Show all posts

Amur (White) Wagtail Pictures and Detail

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Beautiful Amur (White) Wagtail


Amur (White) Wagtail Pictures and Detail- 


Today, it is time for Amur Wagtail which is a subspecies of White Wagtail. This is third wagtail, I am sharing with you after Grey Wagtail and Grey-headed or Dark-headed Wagtail. The scientific name of this bird is Motacilla alba leucopsis. Amur Wagtail belongs to the Wagtail family of birds. We can find these birds over a long geographical range spread in the areas of South east Asia, India, China, Japan and Oceania. 

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Sweet Amur (White) Wagtail


Amur wagtail is a very sweet and friendly small wagtail. This wagtail mainly has combination of White, Black and gray colors on its body. It is quite pretty to observe the dark black eyes on the white face. The head of White Wagtail is black and we can find a black color on the front chest like a child's bib. The size of this wagtail is from 16 to 19 cm. 

This bird is so friendly that it comes very close to you and often tries to carefully examine you. This is the most friendly birds, I found after Gold-billed Magpie. White Wagtail is one of common birds which we can easily observe. So far, I have seen two varieties of White Wagtail out of the six subspecies found in India. Amur Wagtail and Indian Pied Wagtail (which has black neck). 

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Amur Wagtail on Ground

The wagtail birds got their name because of their habit of constant tail wagging. Amur Wagtail is an insectivorous bird so feed on the different kind of insects like worms, beetles, spiders, small snails, maggots, flies and many other. Therefore, these birds are very important for our surrounding because they kill the harmful insects. 


The breeding time of Amur Wagtail is same like other White Wagtails from April to August. Both sexes help each other in the making of the nest and they fight hard to defend their territory and nest. So far, this wagtail species are away from danger because we can find them in good numbers. In the future, I will bring more pictures of Amur Wagtail and other Wagtails. 
Amur Wagtail,





Grey Wagtail Picture and Detail (Motacilla cinerea)

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Grey Wagtail 

Grey Wagtail Picture and Detail (Motacilla cinerea)


We can find many wagtail birds around us and Grey Wagtail is also one them which we sometimes see around. Recently, I became confused between a Grey Wagtail and Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail, Though after reading lots about these birds, I succeeded in identifying them. Anyone can easily confuse Grey Wagtail and Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail because of many similarities between them.

The main difference which we can find in them is a black colored throat in Grey Wagtail while Grey-headed wagtail has a yellow-whitish throat. The other method to identify the Grey Wagtail is to notice the white line crossing just above the eye, which is missing in Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail. 

Grey Wagtail is a small bird of the wagtail bird family (a family of birds which has habit of wagging their tail). The scientific name of this bird is Motacilla cinerea. This bird is found in Europe, Asia and Africa. They do migrate to a different location for breeding. 
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Grey Wagtail also shows characteristics like other wagtails and it is commonly found around marshy areas looking for insects. This wagtail is very slim in size. The scientists are still confused about the wagtail birds and we lack complete information about wagtails.

These birds can be seen alone or in pairs and their breeding season is between April to July. Grey Wagtail make their nests near rivers, flowing water or a marshy area between the stones or between the roots. They give 2-5 eggs.

This time, I only got a chance to take just two good pictures of Grey Wagtail and I hope to get more its pictures soon. I will try to learn more about Grey Wagtail so that we can understand his life better.



Grey-headed or Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail Pictures and Detail (Motacilla flava thunbergi)

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A Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail

Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail or Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail 



The most difficult thing is to find the exact name of wagtail because we can find many wagtails and their subspecies. It took me 5 hours to reach at this conclusion that this a Grey-headed or Dark-headed yellow wagtail. In Punjab, India, Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail is mentioned in a list of birds found in Punjab. 

This bird is a subspecies of Western Yellow Wagtail; therefore, many people commonly refer it as a Yellow Wagtail and its scientific name is Motocilla Flava thunbergi. In the tiny birds, we can find many varieties of birds and their subspecies make your job even tougher. 


Grey-headed Wagtail
Grey-headed Wagtail

These birds are Dark Grey or Grey headed till the cheeks. We find white color on checks in females which may be missing in male Dark-headed yellow wagtails. They have olive color above and yellow color on the bottom and in some cases we can find presence of some white color on the bottom.

These are insectivorous birds (the bird which eats insects only) and can be found in fields, open grounds, near water looking for insects. These birds are 15-16 cm long and they have a long tail. It is a common attribute of these birds to wag their tail; therefore, they got the name wagtail.

Dark-headed Wagtail

Dark-headed Yellow Wagtail give their eggs on the ground in tussocks. Some of these birds are residential in nature and some migrate from cold places to hotter places in winter.

Many bird watches and scientists believe that it is very confusing to exactly classify these birds because of so much similarity and presence of many subspecies.

Grey-headed Yellow Wagtail
Grey-headed yellow Wagtail from Back
We do not get many chances of seeing these birds because their small numbers and small size. In last one year, I saw this bird only one time. I hope to meet this bird and also love to learn more about it.

All Pictures of grey-headed yellow wagtail taken by me in Punjab (India).

Any person who has more information on this bird, then they can share it with me.