Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea
Safa Park, Dubai, United Arab
The Grey Wagtail is found in western, central and southern Europe as well as most of Asia. It spread into north west Europe during the last century.
It is fonder of water than other wagtails and is often associated with fast running streams.
|It has an exceptionally long
tail which it pumps up and down ceaselessly. The male has a black
bib, a white supercilium and moustachial stripe and yellow
underparts. The grey upperparts contrast with the dark wings. The
female, shown here, has a pale belly and throat but always
retains a yellow vent.
The voice is similar to the "chissik" of the White Wagtail M. alba but is higher in pitch and more metallic in tone.
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