Birds of Morni: White Wagtail

February 29, 2012

White Wagtail/ Dhoban/ (Motacilla alba) a slender 7″ bird with a long tail that constantly wags as it forages for insects, alert for predators.It is grey above and white below. It has a white face with a black skull cap and a black throat that gives one the curious impression that the bird is wearing a black monkey-cap.It feeds on insects (beetles, worms, maggots, spiders etc) and small invertebrates (small snails, fish).It prefers open country and bare areas for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey. It is often found near water bodies and habitation. It nests in crevices, typically holes near a river bank by building a rough cup with twigs, grass, leaves etc lined with animal hair and other soft fibres. It is the national bird of Latvia.

White Wagtail

White Wagtail - The Masked One

White Wagtail- Tail feathers

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