Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea

(M. c. cinerea)

Armenian Name: Լեռնային խաղտտնիկ
Grey Wagtail

See Plate 40 for Grey Wagtail and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:18-19 cm, Wing Span:25-27 cm
Distribution Map: Map 217.
Description: Light gray mantle and back, blackish wings with white central stripe, yellow rump and undertail coverts, and white-edged black tail.
Adult (Breeding): Male has black bib and lores. Female has white throat, and off-white flanks and belly.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes have off-white throat, but male has brighter, yellower belly.
Juvenile: Brown-yellow feather edges of face and wing coverts.
Similar Species: Differs from other wagtails by combination of very long tail, yellow rump, and gray mantle and crown.
Behavior: Walks and wades along stream edges; perches on rocks in streams or rivers. Wags tail and rear body.
Habitat: Rocky streams and rivers often bordered by woodland.
Food: Invertebrates.
Nest: Cup on ground or in hole of bank or wall near water.
Eggs: 19 mm, 4-6, grayish to pale blue, gray spots.