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