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White Wagtail
White Wagtail
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Horsfield, 1821
  • Anthus
  • Tmetothylacus
  • Motacilla
  • Dendronanthus
  • Macronyx

The Motacillidae are a family of small passerine birds with medium to long tails. They include the wagtails, longclaws and pipits.

They are slender, ground feeding insectivores of open country. They are ground nesters, laying up to six speckled eggs.

There are 54 species in five genera.

Species and Genera of Motacillidae

  • Genus Anthus: typical pipits
    • (34 species, listed at pipit)
  • Genus Tmetothylacus
    • Golden Pipit, Tmetothylacus tenellus
  • Genus Motacilla: typical wagtails
    • Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava
      Citrine Wagtail, Motacilla citreola
      Japanese Wagtail, Motacilla grandis
      White-browed Wagtail, Motacilla madaraspratensis
      African Pied Wagtail, Motacilla aguimp
      Mountain Wagtail, Motacilla clara
      Cape Wagtail, Motacilla capensis
      Madagascar Wagtail, Motacilla flaviventris
      Grey Wagtail, Motacilla cinerea
    • White Wagtail, Motacilla alba
      • White Wagtail, Motacilla alba alba
      • Pied Wagtail: Motacilla alba yarrellii
    • Black-backed Wagtail, Motacilla lugens
  • Genus Dendronanthus
    • Forest Wagtail, Dendronanthus indicus
  • Genus Macronyx: longclaws
    • Cape Longclaw, Macronyx capensis
      Yellow-throated Longclaw, Macronyx croceus
      Fulleborne’s Longclaw, Macronyx fuellebornii
      Sharpe’s Longclaw, Macronyx sharpei
      Abyssinian Longclaw, Macronyx flavicollis
      Pangani Longclaw, Macronyx aurantiigula
      Rosy-breasted Longclaw, Macronyx ameliae
      Grimwood’s Longclaw, Macronyx grimwoodi.

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