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Pied wagtail or dark white wagtail? [Switzerland]

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Old Tuesday 31st May 2011, 19:29   #1
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Pied wagtail or dark white wagtail? [Switzerland]


what do you think of this wagtail? I saw it yesterday in a field with others white wagtails but this one looked like darker.

Could it be a pied wagtail female?

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Old Tuesday 31st May 2011, 20:10   #2
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Hi Arnaud.

Since the flank (bodyside) looks white - should be much darker in Pied (yarrellii), and even in White (alba). I think your bird is a White (alba), possibly aberrant male, male due to black lower neck, usually grey in female alba.

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