Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla grandis)

 Adult Japanese Wagtail (Motacilla Grandis) in Arashiyama, Japan - July 2013

OTHER NAMES: Japanese Pied Wagtail
Local Name (Japan): Se-guro sekirei (セグロセキレイ) - "Black-backed Wagtail"
Weight: 28-31g
Length: 21cm
Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List Least Concern

The Japanese Wagtail is fills a very similar role to the Grey and Pied Wagtails found in the UK, although it is more closely tied to water than Pied.  It coexists with the Japanese race of the White Wagtail, but they have quite distinct plumage patterns to differentiate the two of them.  Another fairly confiding species, like wagtails in europe it pays fairly little attention to humans down to very short distances.  It apparently favours river habitats with shingled bars in the river, which fits with the locations I saw them.  I didn't encounter this species on my second trip to Japan - this is probably mostly due to lack of appropriate habitat.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Subspecies: None - monotypic

- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common resident to most of Japan, Summer breeding only in most of Hokkaido
 - KYOTO/OSAKA 2013 TRIP: A few birds at Kyoto and Arashiyama.

Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List

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