White wagtail

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White wagtail
Female, first summer
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
M. alba
Binomial name
Motacilla alba
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  Summer range
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a white wagtail
Motacilla alba
The range of the white wagtail. Green=all year, yellow=summer and blue=winter.
Cuculus canorus canorus + Motacilla alba

The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a species of bird.[2]

Conservation[change | change source]

They are not an endangered species. They have a stable population of between 130 million and 300 million adult birds. They are found in Europe, Asia and northern Africa. It is possible that climate change is affecting their migration.[3]

Pied wagtail[change | change source]

The pied wagtail is a subspecies of the white wagtail.[4]They are 18cm long, have a wingspan of between 25 and 30cm and weigh between 17 and 25grams.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Motacilla alba". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. "White wagtail videos, photos and facts - Motacilla alba". Arkive. Archived from the original on 2015-02-11. Retrieved 2018-11-25.
  3. "The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
  4. Atlas, NBN. "Motacilla alba subsp. yarrellii  : Pied Wagtail - NBN Atlas". species.nbnatlas.org.
  5. "Pied Wagtail Bird Facts - Motacilla Alba - The RSPB". The RSPB.