White Wagtail

Motacilla alba - Bergeronnette grise

Systematics
  • Order 
    :

    Passeriformes

  • Family
    :

    Motacillidés

  • Genus
    :

    Motacilla

  • Species
    :

    alba

Descriptor

Linnaeus, 1758

Biometrics
  • Size
    : 19 cm
  • Wingspan
    : 30 à 32 cm.
  • Weight
    : 18 à 27 g
Longevity

10 years

Geographic range

Distribution

Description identification

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a species of bird in the Motacillidae family.

Subspecific information 9 Subspecies

  • Motacilla alba yarrellii (Ireland, Britain and coastal w Europe)
  • Motacilla alba alba (se Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Is. through continental Europe to the Ural Mts, the Caucasus, c Asia and Middle East)
  • Motacilla alba subpersonata (w Morocco)
  • Motacilla alba personata (n Iran to sw Siberia, w Mongolia, nw China and w Himalayas)
  • Motacilla alba baicalensis (sc Siberia to ne China)
  • Motacilla alba ocularis (n Siberia to nw Alaska)
  • Motacilla alba lugens (coastal se Siberia and islands, n Korea and n and c Japan)
  • Motacilla alba leucopsis (inland se Siberia, c and e China, s Korea and sw Japan)
  • Motacilla alba alboides (c and e Himalayas to s China, n Indochina and n Myanmar)

Foreign names

  • Bergeronnette grise,
  • Lavandera Blanca,
  • Alvéola-branca,
  • Bachstelze,
  • Barázdabillegető,
  • Witte Kwikstaart,
  • Ballerina bianca,
  • Sädesärla,
  • Linerle,
  • trasochvost biely,
  • konipas bílý,
  • Hvid Vipstjert,
  • västäräkki,
  • cuereta blanca,
  • Maríuerla,
  • pliszka siwa,
  • baltā cielava,
  • bela pastirica,
  • Белая трясогузка,
  • ハクセキレイ,
  • 白鹡鸰,
  • นกอุ้มบาตร,
  • 白鶺鴒,

Voice song and cries

Habitat

Grassland : Subtropical/Tropical Dry ; Wetlands (inland) : Permanent Rivers/Streams/Creeks (includes waterfalls) ; Desert : Hot ; Marine Intertidal : Rocky Shoreline, Sandy Shoreline and/or Beaches, Sand Bars, Spits, Etc, Shingle and/or Pebble Shoreline and/or Beaches, Tidepools ; Artificial/Terrestrial : Pastureland, Rural Gardens

Geographic range

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