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Old Thursday 17th April 2008, 20:11   #1
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UK - White / Pied wagtail

Hi, Can anyone help me, how can I tell the difference between a Pied & a White Wagtail?
I saw a wagtail with Pied head & tail but a grey back... was this a White Wagtail?
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Old Thursday 17th April 2008, 20:16   #2
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If it looked like this then yes it was........
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Old Thursday 17th April 2008, 20:18   #3
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Pied Wagtail:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/southyorkshire/...ad_470x365.jpg

White Wagtail:
http://www.scillybirding.co.uk/image...ul_Hawkins.JPG

Pied Wagtail has got a black back and it is more contrast.
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Thanks for the photo, it's a match!

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Old Friday 18th April 2008, 15:43   #5
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Hi, Can anyone help me, how can I tell the difference between a Pied & a White Wagtail?
I saw a wagtail with Pied head & tail but a grey back... was this a White Wagtail?
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However female pied's can sometimes look like a white wagtail.
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Old Friday 18th April 2008, 15:54   #6
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The Northern Birder is right. Female pied wagtails have grey backs, and can be pretty hard to distinguish from White wags in the field. There are additional features such as flank colouration, the contrast between the nape and back, and rump colour to consider before claiming a White wag.
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Old Friday 18th April 2008, 17:25   #7
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Yes, if the flanks are white, not grey, its a white wagtail. I didn't get that one sorted for years!
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