Alvéola-cinzenta © Diogo Oliveira

Gray Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

The Gray Wagtail is an insectivorous bird and, although it is not an abundant species on the Garden, you can watch it on the banks of the lake, in the streams or perhaps walking in a lawn. Its slender lines, the long swinging tail and wavy flight are traits that help its identification.

The scientific name of Gray Wagtail – Motacilla cinerea – refers precisely to the habit of wagging the tail frequently and to the dominant gray shade in the upper parts.

Text: João E. Rabaça

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