Motacillidae – Wagtails, Pipits

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) by Bob-Nan

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) by Bob-Nan

The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth! (Psalms 8:8-9 NASB)


CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Motacillidae – Wagtails, Pipits


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Species (66)

Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus) ©WikiC
Western Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) by Nikhil Devasar
Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) by Bob-Nan
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) by Nikhil Devasar
Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis) ©WikiC
Madagascan Wagtail (Motacilla flaviventris) ©WikiC
Grey Wagtail (Motacilla cinerea) by MAMuin
Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) ©WikiC
White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) by Robert Scanlon
African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp) ©WikiC
Mekong Wagtail (Motacilla samveasnae) IBC
Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis) ©WikiC
White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) by Nikhil Devasar
Golden Pipit (Tmetothylacus tenellus) ©WikiC
Sharpe’s Longclaw (Macronyx sharpei) ©Drawing WikiC
Abyssinian Longclaw (Macronyx flavicollis) ©WikiC
Fülleborn’s Longclaw (Macronyx fuelleborni) IBC
Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) IBC
Yellow-throated Longclaw (Macronyx croceus) ©WikiC
Pangani Longclaw (Macronyx aurantiigula) IBC – Specimen
Rosy-throated Longclaw (Macronyx ameliae) ©WikiC
Grimwood’s Longclaw (Macronyx grimwoodi) IBC
Richard’s Pipit (Anthus richardi) ©WikiC
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus) by Nikhil
Australian Pipit (Anthus australis) Chicks ©WikiC
New Zealand Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) ©WikiC
African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus) ©WikiC
Mountain Pipit (Anthus hoeschi) ©WikiC
Blyth’s Pipit (Anthus godlewskii) ©WikiC
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris) by Nikhil Devasar
Long-billed Pipit (Anthus similis) by Nikhil Devasar
Wood Pipit (Anthus nyassae) IBC
Buffy Pipit (Anthus vaalensis) ©WikiC
Plain-backed Pipit (Anthus leucophrys) by Daves BirdingPix
Long-legged Pipit (Anthus pallidiventris) IBC
Meadow Pipit (Anthus pratensis) ©WikiC
Tree Pipit (Anthus trivialis) by Nikhil Devasar
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni) ©WikiC
Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi) ©WikiC
Rosy Pipit (Anthus roseatus) by Nikhil Devasar
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus) ©WikiC
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens) by Daves BirdingPix
Water Pipit (Anthus spinoletta) by Nikhil Devasar
Eurasian Rock Pipit (Anthus petrosus) by Ian
Nilgiri Pipit (Anthus nilghiriensis) ©WikiC
Upland Pipit (Anthus sylvanus) by Nikhil Devasar
Berthelot’s Pipit (Anthus berthelotii) ©WikiC
Striped Pipit (Anthus lineiventris) ©WikiC
African Rock Pipit (Anthus crenatus) IBC
Short-tailed Pipit (Anthus brachyurus) BioDiversity
Bushveld Pipit (Anthus caffer) IBC
Sokoke Pipit (Anthus sokokensis) ©WikiC
Malindi Pipit (Anthus melindae) ©WikiC
Yellow-breasted Pipit (Anthus chloris) ©Drawing WikiC
Alpine Pipit (Anthus gutturalis) IBC
Sprague’s Pipit (Anthus spragueii) by Daves BirdingPix
Yellowish Pipit (Anthus lutescens) ©WikiC
Short-billed Pipit (Anthus furcatus) ©WikiC
Pampas Pipit (Anthus chacoensis) WorldBirds
Correndera Pipit (Anthus correndera) by Daves BirdingPix
South Georgia Pipit (Anthus antarcticus) ©WikiC
Ochre-breasted Pipit (Anthus nattereri) IBC
Hellmayr’s Pipit (Anthus hellmayri) ©WikiC
Paramo Pipit (Anthus bogotensis) IBC – Drawing ©WikiC
Madanga (Madanga ruficollis) – OBI
Sao Tome Shorttail (Amaurocichla bocagii) ©Drawing WikiC
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Nikhil Devasar’s Gallery-II


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The Motacillidae are a family of small passerine birds with medium to long tails. There are around 65 species in 6 genera and they include the wagtails, longclaws and pipits. The longclaws are entirely restricted to the Afrotropics, and the wagtails are predominantly found in Europe, Africa and Asia, with two species migrating and breeding in Alaska. The pipits have the most cosmopolitan distribution, being found across mostly in the Old World but occurring also in the Americas and oceanic islands such as New Zealand and the Falklands. Two African species, the Yellow-breasted Pipit and Sharpe’s Longclaw are sometimes placed in a separate seventh genus, Hemimacronyx, which is closely related to the longclaws.

Wagtails, pipits, and longclaws are slender, small to medium sized passerines, ranging from 14 to 17 centimetres in length, with short necks and long tails. They have long, pale legs with long toes and claws, particularly the hind toe which can be up to 4 cm in length in some longclaws. Overall the robust longclaws are larger than the pipits and wagtails. Longclaws can weigh as much as 64 g, whereas the weight range for pipits and wagtails is 15–31 g. The plumage of most pipits is dull brown and reminiscent of the larks, although some species have brighter plumages, particularly the Golden Pipit of north-east Africa. The adult male longclaws have brightly coloured undersides. The wagtails often have striking plumage, including grey, black, white, and yellow.

Most motacillids are ground-feeding insectivores of slightly open country. They occupy almost all available habitats, from the shore to high mountains. Wagtails prefer wetter habitats to the pipits. A few species use forests, including the Forest Wagtail, and other species use forested mountain streams, such as the Grey Wagtail or the Mountain Wagtail. (Wikipedia)

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