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Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis

Description:

The Cape Wagtail is a slender bird, 19–20 cm in length, with the characteristic longish, constantly wagging tail of its genus. The adult is plain grey-brown above, apart from pale wing edges and a short white supercilium. It has off-white underparts, with a dark grey band across the breast. Young birds are duller and have yellowish underparts. Cape Wagtail has a tsee chee chee call and a trilled whistled song.

Habitat:

This is an insectivorous bird of open country, often near habitation and water. It prefers bare areas or short grass for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey.

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 8 years ago
African Pied Wagtail (juvenile)
Motacilla aguimp African Pied Wagtail


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1 Comment

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

With the large amount of white on the wings and tail, I'd say it has to be an African Pied Wagtail instead of a Blue-headed.

MaithiliSave
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MaithiliSave

Mafikeng Local Municipality, North West, South Africa

Spotted on May 26, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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