The poor magpies found their long tails very much against them in the scramble, and it was even worse with the pied wagtail.
It differs from the pied wagtail in being bluish or slate grey, where - 86 - that bird is black, below the nape.
Its habits are much the same as those of the pied wagtail, but it is even lighter and more active in its movements.
I then saw that the unknown bird was simply a pied wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) which had lost her tail!
In the summer of 1866, however, I found the pied wagtail tolerably common.
In form and proportion the two species closely resemble each other, the pied wagtail being the smaller.
The Wagtails, of which family the pied wagtail is the most familiar, derives its name from its habit of wagging its tail.
One of these—the pied wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis)—is a permanent resident.
About the middle of April, the pied wagtail begins to build its nest.
The nest resembles that of the pied wagtail, and is placed on the ground, usually in pea-fields.