Motacilla alba yarrellii
Status: A common resident throughout Ireland..
Conservation Concern: Green-listed in Ireland. The European population is considered to be Secure.
Similar species: Grey Wagtail
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.
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.
Countryside Bird Survey and BirdTrack