Scientific Name: Motacilla alba
Malay Name: Pipit-Batu Murai Erasia
Chinese Name: 白鹡鸰
Range: Widespread breeding range from Europe to Asia, wintering range includes Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: yarrellii, alba, subpersonata, personata, baicalensis, ocularis, lugens, leucopsis, alboides.
Local Subspecies: ocularis, lugens, leucopsis, alba
Size: 16.5-18 cm
Identification: Very variable in plumage across range and subspecies, individuals in Singapore can exhibit plumage differences in face, coverts, mantle, and chin. Plumage is a mixture of black, white, and grey compared to other migrant wagtails which generally exhibit some yellow in their plumage and are warmer in colour.
Habitat: Variety of habitats including open fields, storm drains, reservoir edges, seawalls.
Behaviour/Ecology: Similar to other wagtails, forages on ground and wags tail while moving. Can be spotted in flight with undulating flight.
Local Status: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Yishun, Neo Tiew Harvest Lane.
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White Wagtail Motacilla alba Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2019). Motacilla alba. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22718348A137417893.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). White Wagtail. Retrieved on November 24, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/white-wagtail.