Cape Wagtail

© Cape Wagtail

Name
Cape Wagtail

Latin Name
Motacilla capensis

Family
Motacillidae

Length
18 cm

Habitat
Usually near fresh water or coastal lagoons but has also adapted to city parks and gardens.

Bird Call
A clear, ringing 'tseee-chee-chee' call and a whistled, trilling song.

Breeding
Eggs 2 - 4, usually 3, up to 5 and 7 have been recorded; dull yellowish more or less indistinctly finely speckled with brownish. Incubation by both sexes 13 - 14 days.

Immature Description
Young has the head brown like the back, underparts brownish and the wing-coverts tipped white.

Adult Description
This common bird is unmistakable with its grey-brown upperparts, dark band across chest and white outer tail-feathers. No white on secondaries.

Status
Common resident.

Distribution
From Kenya and the eastern Congo southwards to the Cape.

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