The White Wagtail is a songbird and common breeder in most of Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. The White Wagtail is a rather slender bird with a narrow, black and white tail which is contantly in an up-and-down motion (wagging). Very remarkably is the Wagtail's ability to properly walk by making larger steps. We can also watch this bird when it is almost running across the ground. While walking it constantly jerks its head.
The black crown and nape sharply border against the ash-grey mantle, whereas forehead and forecrown are white. The Wagtails back and part of the wings are black, as well as breast, chin and throat.
The White Wagtail is at home in various habitats such as open cultivated country, marshland, on the edges of reed zones, dunes, beaches, on farmyards, lakesides, villages and in any sort of large urban areas. White Wagtails can also frequently being watched on beaches where they find plenty of feed und seaweeds.
Order: Passerines (Passeriformes)
Species: White Wagtail
Scientific Name: Motacilla [alba] alba
Name in German: Bachstelze
Name in Czech: Konipas bílý
Name in Slovak: Trasochvost biely
Name in Hungarian: Barázdabillegető
Name in Croat: Bijela pastirica
Name in French: Bergeronnette grise
Name in Spanish: Lavandera blanca
Name in Portuguese: Alvéola-branca
Name in Italian: Ballerina bianca
Name in Dutch: Witte Kwikstaart
Name in Finish: Västäräkki
Name in Norwegian: Witte Kwikstaart
Name in Danish: Hvid Vipstjert
Name in Swedish: Sädesärla
Name in Polnisch: Pliszka siwa
Name in Russian: Белая трясогузка
Name in Greek: Λευκοσουσουράδα, Λευκοσουσουράδα
Name in Turkey: Ak Kuyruksallayan, Ak Kuyruksallayan