|Pied Wagtail – I don’t think so!|
|In the Netherlands, there are a lot of dark wagtails,
that are easily mistaken for female Pied Wagtails Motacilla yarrellii. And
when I say a lot, I
mean a lot. Depicted below is a rather extreme example.
Once you realise that this bird is (behaving like) a male, you will see
that it is not the real deal. That is why I only
identify birds with completely black upperparts as Pied Wagtails over here.
Think again, before claiming a female-type Pied Wagtail!
|Male wagtail showing characters intermediate between Pied and White Wagtail M alba at Noordwijk in late-April.|
|Published 1 May 2021|