Status: Common and widespread resident, retreating from the north of Scotland in winter. The continental race (White Wagtail) is a regular passage migrant.
Habitat: Occurs in a wide variety of open places including fields, farmyards, parks, meadows, and shows a preference to the vicinity of water. In winter large communual roosts gather in city centre trees or buildings or on industrial rooftops.
Unmistakable with its bold black, grey and white plumage and long, frequently wagged tail. Male (illustated) has black back, while females is slate grey. The continental race, White wagtail, is much greyer.
Size: 18cm (7")