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Pipits and Wagtails

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Group: 
Birds

Pipits and wagtails are closely related. Insect eaters that are often, but not always, found near water.

 

The information about this group of species has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Sites List Records List Original Tweets Guidance Notes

Pied Wagtail

Motacilla alba yarrellii
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The smallest bird that actually walks; sadly now far from common than it once was.


 

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava
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An autumn passage migrant often seen feeding on flies near cows.


 

Grey Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea
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Once common on streams and rivers but now far less so.


 

 

Tree Pipit

Anthus trivialis
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An occasional species of open heath with a scattering of trees and bushes with a generous helping of bracken.


 

Meadow Pipit

Anthus pratensis
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The member of the pipit family most likely to be found in open country.


 

Water Pipit

Anthus spinoletta
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A winter visitor to wetland habitats especially watercress beds!


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

Rock Pipit

Anthus petrosus
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A pipit species found in Dorset almost exclusively on the rocky limestone of the Purbeck and Portland coasts.


 

Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus
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A Scandinavian species that can be quite numerous in some winters and yet not seen at all in others.


 

 

Photo by:
Ian Ballam

These much rarer species have also been recorded in Dorset:

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Species Common Name Scientific Name Status
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris)

Found across mainland Europe, parts of Asia and northern Africa but a scarce visitor to Britain and Dorset.


 

 

Richards Pipit Anthus richardi

A species of central Asia but known to be long distance migrants and are occasional visitors to Dorset


 

 

Blue-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava flava

A sub-species of the yellow wagtail found mainly in Mediterranean regions


 

 

White Wagtail Mottacilla alba

A variant of the more familiar pied wagtail, Not considered a separate species.