Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/52289

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Motacillidae
Genus:Motacilla
Genus species:Motacilla aguimp

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:18.5-19 cm
Identification:The wagtail has black upperparts, white wings, and a black U-shaped breast band joining with black ear coverts. There is also a white patch on the sides of the neck.
Habitat:Lake shores, sand banks, river sides, urban areas
Diet:Carnivore: Insects usually aquatic larvae
Reproduction:The nest is made of leaves and dry grass lined with hair and fine rootlets. Two to four eggs are laid after the breeding season in the fall (August to November).
Wagtails usually live and travel in pairs.
Behavior:Wagtails are territorial and breeding pairs will defend their area. Wagtails are relatively tame and have very little fear of man. They live around rivers or other well-watered areas.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Wagtails get their name because they frequently wag their tails up and down.

Other Information

Geographic:Southeastern Africa Date:1958-1988 Subjects:perching birds
African pied wagtail
Motacilla
Wagtails
Motacillidae
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata
Primo Record:https://colostate-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?vid=01COLSU&docid=01COLSU_DSPACE10217/52289