Cape Wagtails

Cape Wagtail, Motacilla capensis

Wagtails

The Cape Wagtails (Motacilla capensis) occur naturally across most of Africa with a range that stretches from eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and Angola across to Kenya and south to the Cape in South Africa.

They were named for the characteristic bobbing motion that causes the tail to swing up and down.

These are usually found in open country near water . They have also adapted well to urban living.

Description

These slender birds measure about 19 - 20 in length (incuding the tail). The upper plumage is plain grey-brown, except for pale wing edges and short white supercilium (line above the eye). Below they are off-white with a dark grey band across the chest.

Diet / Feeding

Their diet consists mainly of insects, as well as the occasional tadpoles and small fish.

Nesting

They construct bulky nests in crevices of natural and man-made structures.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


 

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