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Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea


Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto


Key information: Grey Wagtails visit Cyprus during autumn migration and many spend the winter here. A small number breed here also, mostly by mountain streams, nesting near the water in hollows or crevices. They have a unique flying pattern, flying low in an undulating manner. Female Grey Wagtails are not as yellow as the males and lack the black bib.

Length: 17 – 20 cm

Habitat: Farmland, wetlands, mountains and forests

When they can be seen: All year round

What they eat: Invertebrates

In Cyprus: Can be seen near wetlands, rivers as well as forested areas near streams

Status: Winter visitor, passage migrant

Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis

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