Forest Wagtail

Scientific Name: Dendronanthus indicus
Malay Name: Pipit-Rimba
Chinese Name: 山鹡鸰

Breeds in eastern and northeastern China; winters to India and southeast Asia.


Size: 17-18 cm

A highly distinctive wagtail, unlikely to be confused with other species. Note its black triangular patch on upper breast (forming a "bib"), and crescent-shaped greyish-black markings on outer breast. Upperparts are olive-green with two broad whitish-yellow wing-bars.

Habitat: Forests, parkland, and mangroves.

Behaviour/Ecology: Join large roosts with other wagtails – this has traditionally been observed at Yishun along with large numbers of Grey Wagtails.

Local Status: Uncommon migrant

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Any location with suitable habitat, such as Central Catchment Nature Reserve, as well as in various wooded parks across Singapore on passage.

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BirdLife International. (2016). Dendronanthus indicus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 19 December 2021
Tyler, S. (2020). Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus), version 1.0. In del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D. A., & de Juana, E. (Eds.), Birds of the World. Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.