Species Details

@MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);

White Wagtail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Motacilla maderaspatensis
Family : Motacillidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages, Wetlands
Description : The White Wagtail is a sleek, black, grey and white passerine that wags its long tail continually up and down (length 18 cm, weight 23.5 g, wing 9 cm, bill 1.7 cm, tarsus 2.4 cm, tail 9.3 cm approximately). In the breeding season it has a white forehead and cheeks, and a black throat, breast, rear crown and nape, and grey mantle and back (the ear-coverts and mantle black in M. a. alboides). The back and rump are ashy and the wing appears mostly white on the coverts and fringes of the other feathers. It has a long narrow blackish tail with white outer feathers. In the winter its throat and a greater part of its face turns white, and most birds appear greyer, some showing a black breast band. It breeds in the Himalayas and Siberia in April-August, and nests near water and under rocks or eaves, in grass clumps. It feeds on insects, ants, beetles, bugs, small caterpillars and tiny molluscs.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;Photo credit and copyright:MSH Sourav (TU Dresden, Germany);taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Mandar Bhagat(www.xeno-canto.org/Mandar Bhagat), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.