Saturday, March 14, 2015

White wagtail

When I was little girl and used to spend my summers at my grandparents, then the first bird I could remember from those times was white wagtail. It had a funny way of shaking its tail when standing or running fast on the ground. It was the most pleasant to a little girls eyes. 

The white wagtail (Motacilla alba) is a small passerine bird in the wagtail family Motacillidae. This species breeds in much of Europe and Asia and parts of north Africa. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder.

The white wagtail is an insectivorous bird of open country, often near habitation and water. It prefers bare areas for feeding, where it can see and pursue its prey. In urban areas it has adapted to foraging on paved areas such as car parks. It nests in crevices in stone walls and similar natural and man-made structures.

The white wagtail is the national bird of Latvia. (

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