Does anyone know this small bird?

  • Well, for what it's worth I'd have said it was a female Pied Wagtail.

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  • Hey TeeJay, I think you are right! He/she did not have a lot of black below the beak but I just looked for some more images and found some that are very similar :-)

    Thanks all for your help!

    Daniela
  • Let's not over-complicate this folks. That's a pied wagtail.

    White wagtails have properly pale grey back and rump.

    Happiness is an adult Hen Harrier that hasn't been shot, trapped or poisoned. Happiness is a rare commodity in the English uplands. 

  • To me it is a Pied/ White wagtail. The question is which? However this may well be an irrelevant question. According to Wiki  mtDNA cytochrome b and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 sequence data suggests that the white wagtail is itself polyphyletic or paraphyletic (i.e. the species is not itself a single coherent grouping).[8] Other phylogenetic studies using mtDNA still suggest that there is considerable gene flow within the races and the resulting closeness makes Motacilla alba a single species. i.e. there is a continuum between the two species.

  • In reply to Yorkshire Falco:

    I don't think that there is any doubt that white and pied wagtails are the same species. Motacilla alba yarrellii  (pied wagtail) is the UK race of that species that after years of geographic separation from its continental relative developed a subtly different appearance.   Yellow wagtails are far more interesting see https://www.birdguides.com/articles/species-profiles/focus-on-shades-of-yellow-wagtail/

    Happiness is an adult Hen Harrier that hasn't been shot, trapped or poisoned. Happiness is a rare commodity in the English uplands. 

  • I cannot see anything that says it is not a bog standard Pied Wagtail which I understand is a sub species of the White Wagtail seen in mainland Europe like Dave says. The White is more of a visitor in the UK.

    Pete

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