Indian Pied Wagtail

The Indian Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba dukhunensis) is a small bird and a sub-species in the Motacillidae family of white wagtails, pipits, and longclaws. 

The Indian Pied Wagtail has pale blue-grey upperparts and a continuous unbroken white panel on its wings. It has long tail feathers with some black markings, as well as black markings on its crown. Its face is white with a thin black line from its cheek to its chest. It has black eyes and black legs.

It frequently wags its tail up and down.

Indian Pied Wagtail

It grows to 16-19 centimetres (6-8 inches) tall. 

The White Wagtail is seen throughout Europe and Asia. The Indian Pied Wagtail is seen in India, Bangladesh, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, the Middle East, and the Caucasus region of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

It prefers open country near water, as well as urban areas. 

It is insectivorous, eating insects, such as dragonflies and beetles. 

The Indian Pied Wagtail forms a monogamous pair. The male and the female make their cup-shaped nest together. It is made of twigs, grass, and leaves and is usually in a rock crevise near a river bank. 

The female lays 3-8 eggs. Both parents look after the eggs until they hatch after 12-16 days. Both parents feed the chicks. The chicks leave the nest after 12-15 days.

The lifespan of the Indian Pied Wagtail is 12 years on average.

Indian Pied Wagtail
Indian Pied Wagtail
Indian Pied Wagtail

[Location of photographs: Tbilisi, Georgia]

Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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