Grey Wagtail


Grey Wagtail

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.


Identification

Male
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.
Female
The female Grey Wagtail has less yellow on her under parts and no black bib.
Size
18 - 20cm
Bill
Black, short & thin
Legs
Pink, medium in length
Habitat
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.
Behaviour
Walks, perches openly, takes off and lands from vegetation and the ground.
Flight
Undulating
Voice
Metallic tzitzi, and warbles similar to the Blue Tit.

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
In crevices beside streams.
Eggs
Lays 4-6 eggs, buffy, mottled greyish.
Incubation Period
11 - 14 days
Broods
1; April - May.
Food
Insects, seeds & nuts
UK Breeding Pairs
38000

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