Willie-wagtail

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Willie-wagtail
White wagtail female first summer.jpg
Female, first simmer
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Faimily: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: M. alba
Binomial name
Motacilla alba
White Wagtail Range.png
Global range     Year-roond range     Simmer range     Winter range

The willie-wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a smaw passerine bird in the wagtail faimily Motacillidae. The speshies breeds in muckle o Europe an Asie an pairts o North Africae. It haes a taehauld in Alaska as a scarce breeder. It is resident in the mildest pairts o its range, but itherweys migrates tae Africae. In Ireland an Great Breetain, the daurker subspeshies, M. a. yarrellii predominates. In tot, thare are atween 9 an 11 subspeshies.

The willie-wagtail is an insectivorous bird o appen kintra, eften near habitation an watter.[2] It prefers bare auries for feedin, whaur it can see an pursue its prey. In urban auries it haes adaptit tae foragin on pavit auries sic as caur pairks. It nests in crevices in stane waws an seemilar naitural an man-made structurs.[2]

It is the naitional bird o Latvie an haes featurt on the stamps o several kintras.[3] Tho it is 'o least concern', thare are several threits against it, lik bein keept as pets an bein uised as fuid.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. BirdLife International (2013). "Motacilla alba". IUCN Reid Leet o Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. Internaitional Union for Conservation o Naitur. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hunter, Fact (2013-03-18). "Bird's Lifestyle: White Wagtail - National Bird of Latvia". Bird's Lifestyle. Retrieved 2019-01-18. 
  3. "Symbols". [Latvia.eu] (in Inglis). 2015-01-13. Retrieved 2019-01-18.