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Very graceful, lithe, slim wagtail, with almost constantly grey above and yellow below. Wings largely black and tail black with white outer feathers. Male has black bib in summer.
Flight action exceptionally bounding. sexes dissimilar, seasonal variation marked in male.
Listen to the sound of Grey Wagtail
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
|wingspan min.:||25||cm||wingspan max.:||27||cm|
|size min.:||18||cm||size max.:||20||cm|
|incubation min.:||11||days||incubation max.:||14||days|
|fledging min.:||13||days||fledging max.:||14||days|
4-6 eggs, sub-elliptical, smooth and glossy, whitish, cream or grey-buff, faintly marked grey or grey-buff. Incubation by both sexes.
1) Bird walks or runs, repeatedly picking up small items or chasing more mobile prey, with tail wagging and snapping up, down, or to one side,apparently to flush insects, may also wade in shallow water picking up tadpoles or lunging for small fish.
2) Flies from perch or ground, in addition, may hover to obtain flying insects or prey from leaves or tree crevices.
Motacilla cinerea has a discontinuous breeding distribution in western and southern
Europe, the Caucasus and the western Urals, with Europe accounting for less than a
quarter of its global breeding range. Its European breeding population is large
(>740,000 pairs), and was stable between 1970-1990. The species remained stable
overall during 1990-2000, with the vast majority of national populations stable or
increasing?including the key one in Romania.
In autumn, movements within Europe of over 200 km mainly between north-west, south-west, and south-east in central and western Europe, and mainly around south-west in Britain. Coastal autumn passage occurs in Britain and Ireland, most marked at southern headlands and inshore islands and almost synchronous throughout, peaking mid-September. Northward passage in spring generally inconspicuous.