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.
- Juveniles and first winter birds have grey backs rather than black and their face is grey unlike the distinctive white face of the adult.
- 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.
- Is similiar but with a slate grey back.
- 17 - 18cms (6.5 - 7in)
- Black, short & thin
- Black, medium in length
- Inland freshwater, fields, gardens
- Walks, perches openly, takes off from vegetation or the ground
- 1 - 10; at dusk roost in large numbers.
- Harsh chis - ick and disjointed twitter
Breeding & Feeding
- Cup shaped nest on the ground
- 5 - 6; grey spekled brown
- Incubation Period
- 12 - 14 days
- 2; April - June
- UK Breeding Pairs