Wagtail

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This article is about the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus. The Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) of Australia is unrelated.
Wagtails
African Pied Wagtail
African Pied Wagtail
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Motacillidae
Genera

The wagtails are a group of small passerine birds with long tails which they wag frequently. Motacilla, the root of the family and main generic name, means moving tail.

Characteristics

Wagtails are slender, often colourful, ground-feeding insectivores of open country in the Old World. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs at a time.

Species

The Mekong Wagtail was described as new to science by Duckworth et al. (2001).lt:Kielė eo:Motaciloj zh:鶺鸰属 sv:rleslktet

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