Forest Wagtail on a Stone

Forest Wagtail on a Stone

The forest wagtail is a medium-sized passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae.

It has a distinctive plumage that sets it apart from other wagtails and has the habit of wagging its tail sideways unlike the usual up and down movements of the other wagtail species.

17 cm in length. Iris dark brown. The mouth is pinkish brown, slightly grey on the top and slightly pale on the bottom. Feet pink flesh.

Hermaphrodites are of the same color. The head to the back is olive brown, the eyebrow line is milky white, and the eyeliner is dark brown. The two wings are black, the ends of the coverts are white, forming a thick wing strip separated by black and white, the tail feathers are gray-brown, and the outer pair of tail feathers are white.

The throat, chest and abdomen are white, with two thick black horizontal bands on the chest, the upper horizontal band is T-shaped, and the lower horizontal band is sometimes broken in the middle.

Breeds in eastern Eurasia. In winter, they migrate to the Indian subcontinent, southwestern China, Southeast Asia, Taiwan and other places to keep warm.

Video Source: 山鶺鴒/Forest Wagtail from Chuenguey Hwang on Youtube  CC BY

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