Motacilla cinerea - Grey wagtail:

Summary Information
Living Organisms / Animalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Passeridae / Motacilla / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
Distribution Palearctic; winters to southern Africa, Indonesia, New Guinea (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Streams and rivers, usually fast flowing with rocks and boulders" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly insects, sometimes aquatic invertebrates
  • feeding behaviour - ground gleans, sometimes hawks


  • location and structure - crevice in bank
  • nest building - female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-6 (3-7)
  • broods - 1 (-2) broods
  • incubation - by male and female; 11-14 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 13-14 (11-17) days

(B163, B164)

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