Grey Wagtail

About the Grey Wagtail

Also known as: Gray Wagtail,
The Grey Wagtail is a species of wagtail with a wide distribution across parts of the Old World. Their breeding range covers much of northern Asia and they winter across much of south Asia, as well as in parts of Africa. Migratory and resident populations are found across Europe as well.

Grey Wagtails have grey upperparts and yellow underparts, with a black chin and handsome white eyeline. During breeding season especially, their preferred habitat includes running water. They feed on aquatic small animals and insects during this time, feeding mostly on insects during the winter.
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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 12 December 2019
Scientific Name
Motacilla cinerea
  • Passeriformes
  • Motacillidae
  • Motacilla
  • M. cinerea
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 10 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
6.7 to 7.9 inches
.49 to .78 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 灰鹡鸰
Czech (Cesky) konipas horský
Danish (Dansk) Bjergvipstjert
Dutch (Nederlands) Grote Gele Kwikstaart
Finnish (Suomi) virtavästäräkki
French (Français) Bergeronnette des ruisseaux
German (Deutsch) Gebirgsstelze
Italian (Italiano) Ballerina gialla
Japanese (日本語) キセキレイ [kisekirei]
Korean (한국어) 노랑머리할미새
Norwegian (Norsk) Vintererle
Polish (Polski) pliszka górska
Portuguese (Português) Alvéola-cinzenta
Russian (русский язык) Горная трясогузка
Spanish (Español) Lavandera Cascadeña
Swedish (Svenska) forsärla
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