The Grey Wagtail is the largest of the three British wagtails and more colourful than its name suggests. Can be found across the UK, but winters mainly in Eastern England & summer visitor to northern Scotland.
- The male Grey Wagtail has upperparts of grey with white eyebrows, black wings, yellow - green rump, black long tail with white edge. Its under parts are white with yellow under tail and a variable amount of yellow on the breast. In the summer the male has a prominent black bib.
- The female Grey Wagtail has less yellow on her under parts and no black bib.
- 18 - 20cm
- Black, short & thin
- Pink, medium in length
- The Grey Wagtail is most closely associated with fast running streams, but can be found near waterfalls, weirs, lakes, reservoirs and even farmyards especially in winter.
- Walks, perches openly, takes off and lands from vegetation and the ground.
- Metallic tzitzi, and warbles similar to the Blue Tit.
Breeding & Feeding
- In crevices beside streams.
- Lays 4-6 eggs, buffy, mottled greyish.
- Incubation Period
- 11 - 14 days
- 1; April - May.
- Insects, seeds & nuts
- UK Breeding Pairs