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Black-backed Wagtail

Motacilla lugens Gloger, 1829

Related taxa:
Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Amar-Singh HSS 2019-06-07 Lake Furen (site 3) Hokkaido, Nemuro (Japan) (20 m) adult, call, male -

The calls are discrete and said to be disyllabic and this can be seen on the waveform but the sonogram suggests it is single complex note. Notes are repeated every 2-3 seconds.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

506183
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2020-01-01 Kusauchi, Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto, Kyotanabe (Japan) (30 m) call -

Bird on the ground.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

517785
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Albert Lastukhin 2015-05-07 Khasanskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (130 m) call, male, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

267567
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Albert Lastukhin 2015-05-07 Khasanskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (130 m) call, male -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

267565
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2014-06-16 Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (Japan) (? m) call -

Urban environment of Kyoto city. Low-frequency noise has been suppressed.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

190555
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2017-12-15 Kasaoka Bay reclaimed land, Kasaoka city, Okayama Prefecture, Okayama (Japan) (-10 m) call, flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

396394
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Albert Lastukhin 2015-05-07 Khasanskiy rayon, Primorskiy kray, Primorskiy Kray (Russian Federation) (130 m) call, male -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

267566
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2020-03-23 Himeji City Zoo, Hyogo Prefecture, Himeji (Japan) (20 m) call, song -

Wild individual in the zoo.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

537748
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2014-06-17 Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (Japan) (? m) begging call, call -

In urban region of Kyoto city. Probably a family with fledglings. Artificial noise has been suppressed by filtering. Distant and amplified.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

190640
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2020-01-04 Kusauchi, Kyotanabe-shi, Kyoto, Kyotanabe (Japan) (30 m) call, flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

518566
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Ross Gallardy 2014-11-09 Kin, Okinawa, Okinawa Island (Japan) (10 m) call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

202790
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2015-02-28 Hirosawa Pond, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto (Japan) (40 m) call, song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

215136
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Frank Lambert 2013-06-21 Chubetsu Lake, Biei, Hokkaido Prefecture, Hokkaido (Japan) (420 m) call, male -

Two cuts spliced together

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

155679
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Peter Boesman 2015-06-02 Kiritappu area, Hokkaido, Hokkaido (Japan) song - [sono] 286260
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2018-11-11 Nishinoko Lake, Omihachiman-shi, Shiga Prefecture, Omihachiman (Japan) (90 m) call, flight call -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

442227
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2014-03-02 Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (Japan) (? m) song -

In urban region of Kyoto city. Rather strong artificial background noise has been suppressed by high-pass filtering.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

190631
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2017-12-15 Kasaoka Bay reclaimed land, Kasaoka city, Okayama Prefecture, Okayama (Japan) (-10 m) call -

Two birds on wire.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

396393
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2015-07-19 Ayabe, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto (Japan) (80 m) call, juvenile -

The high-pitch background sound is by cicada (Platypleura kaempferi).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

264038
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2019-09-01 Kibogaoka Cultural Park, Shiga Prefecture, Yasu (Japan) (140 m) call, juvenile, song -

Call from a juvenile bird. Song fragments in the final part. Rather strong cicada (Meimuna opalifera).

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

495620
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2014-08-29 Kyoto Prefecture, Japan (Japan) (? m) flight call -

Calls in flight. In urban region of Kyoto city. Low-frequency noise has been suppressed.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

193454
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2016-05-03 Osaka Castle Park, Osaka Prefecture, Osaka (Japan) (10 m) song -

Singing on the ground. Some human voice in the initial part.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

314773
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2015-09-06 Near Kohoku Wild-Bird Center, Nagahama-shi, Shiga Prefecture, Shiga (Japan) (80 m) song, subsong -

Likely subsong. Some human voice and traffic noise.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

278411
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Anon Torimi 2015-08-21 Ogura, Kumiyama-cho, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto (Japan) (10 m) call, juvenile -

Perching on a power line.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

269627
xeno-canto.org
White Wagtail - Motacilla alba lugens Amar-Singh HSS 2019-06-07 Lake Furen (site 3) Hokkaido, Nemuro (Japan) (20 m) Traffic, adult, male, song -

The White Wagtail has a soft song that has been described as a “fast chirping series of slurred warbled notes” (Mark Brazil. Birds of Japan. Helm Field Guides 2018). I heard this a few times but recordings were impaired by passing traffic. One recording of the song is here. I have tried to edit out the traffic noise and amplified it.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

506182
xeno-canto.org
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