Pied Wagtail

Irish Name: Glasóg shráide
Scientific name: Motacilla alba yarrellii
Bird Family: Wagtails
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Conservation status

Status

A common resident throughout Ireland.

Voice

A sharp “chiss-wick” is the most frequently heard call. When alarmed, may give a fine “zeet”. The song consists of an excited mixture of the call and other twittering notes, which may also be given when pursuing birds of prey from its territory.

Diet

Pied Wagtails feed mainly on insects caught on the ground or in flight.

Breeding

Breeds in a wide variety of habitats, inclubing urban areas but largely absent from bogs and upland areas.

Wintering

Generally sedentary, with only local movenments. However some birds migrate south to winter in southern France and Iberia.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey and BirdTrack

Similar Species

Grey Wagtail

Irish Name:
Glasóg liath
Scientific name:
Motacilla cinerea
Bird Family:
Wagtails