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Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba yarrellii

Glasóg shráide

Status: A common resident throughout Ireland..

Conservation Concern: Green-listed in Ireland. The European population is considered to be Secure.

Identification:

Similar species: Grey Wagtail

Call: A sharp “chiss-wick” is the most frequently heard call. When alarmed, may give a fine “zeet”. The song  consists of an excited mixture of the call and other twittering notes, which may also be given when pursuing birds of prey from its territory.

Diet: Pied Wagtails feed mainly on insects caught on the ground or in flight.

Breeding: Breeds in a wide variety of habitats, inclubing urban areas but largely absent from bogs and upland areas.

Wintering: Generally sedentary, with only local movenments. However some birds migrate south to winter in southern France and Iberia.

Where to see: Common throughout Ireland.

Monitored by: Countryside Bird Survey and BirdTrack

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