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pied wagtail

a British songbird, Motacilla alba yarrellii, with a black throat and back, long black tail, and white underparts and face: family Motacillidae (wagtails and pipits)
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  • About the middle of April, the pied wagtail begins to build its nest.

  • It differs from the pied wagtail in being bluish or slate grey, where - 86 - that bird is black, below the nape.

  • I then saw that the unknown bird was simply a pied wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) which had lost her tail!

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • These are both black-and-white birds—the magpie-robin (Copsychus saularis) and the pied wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis).

  • The poor magpies found their long tails very much against them in the scramble, and it was even worse with the pied wagtail.

    Afoot in England W.H. Hudson
  • In form and proportion the two species closely resemble each other, the pied wagtail being the smaller.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • One of these—the pied wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)—is a permanent resident.

    Glimpses of Indian Birds Douglas Dewar
  • The Wagtails, of which family the pied wagtail is the most familiar, derives its name from its habit of wagging its tail.

  • Its habits are much the same as those of the pied wagtail, but it is even lighter and more active in its movements.

  • The nest resembles that of the pied wagtail, and is placed on the ground, usually in pea-fields.

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