No.574 White Wagtail Motacilla alba


Rank : 1
Most common wagtail in Asakawa River basin. The species can be seen not only in  nearwater, but in the field and urban area. White face with black eye-stripe, black throat and upper breast; black crown, nape and back. The rest of underparts mostly white.
Although the species resembles Japanese Wagtail, it can be distinguished with its white ear-coverts (Japanese Wagtail: black).
Immatures: Most of the black-coloured parts of the Adult are in grey. In winter roost in large flocks, often in trees and buildings on well-lighted busy streets near railway stations.
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