Pied Wagtail


Pied Wagtail

The Pied Wagtail is a familiar black & white bird from the wagtail family common throughout the British Isles all year round. These delightful little birds can be seen gathering in large roosts at dusk in towns & cities.


Identification

Juvenile
Juveniles and first winter birds have grey backs rather than black and their face is grey unlike the distinctive white face of the adult.
Male
Is mainly black above with white face, white margins to flight feathers and white outer tail. A black bib terminates in a broad black breast band with the remaining underparts white.
Female
Is similiar but with a slate grey back.
Size
17 - 18cms (6.5 - 7in)
Bill
Black, short & thin
Legs
Black, medium in length
Habitat
Inland freshwater, fields, gardens
Behaviour
Walks, perches openly, takes off from vegetation or the ground
Flocking
1 - 10; at dusk roost in large numbers.
Flight
Undulating
Voice
Harsh chis - ick and disjointed twitter

Breeding & Feeding

Nest
Cup shaped nest on the ground
Eggs
5 - 6; grey spekled brown
Incubation Period
12 - 14 days
Broods
2; April - June
Food
Insects
UK Breeding Pairs
500,000

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