Monday, 8 March 2010

Grey Wagtail in Llanrwst

Grey Wagtail

in Llanrwst by Llanrwst sewage works. This was a Grey Wagtail on the barbed wire of the Llanrwst Sewage works. The Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) is a small member of the wagtail family, Motacillidae. The species looks similar to the Yellow Wagtail but has the yellow on its underside restricted to the throat and vent. Breeding males have a black throat. The species is widely distributed, with several populations breeding in Europe and Asia and migrating to tropical regions in Asia and Africa. They are usually seen on open marshy ground or meadows where they walk solitarily or in pairs along the ground, capturing insects. They frequently wag their tail and fly low with undulations and have a sharp call often in flight. This slim wagtail has a narrow white supercilium and a broken eye ring. The upperparts are grey and the yellow vent contrasting with whitish underparts makes it distinctive

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