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Cape Wagtail

Motacilla capensis Linnaeus, C 1766

The Cape wagtail, also known as Wells's wagtail, is a small insectivorous bird which is widespread in southern Africa. It frequents water's edge, lawns and gardens. It is a mostly resident, territorial species, but has been known to undertake limited altitudinal migration or form flocks outside of the breeding season. Like other wagtails they are passerine birds of the family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws. Source: Wikipedia




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Classification
Order:
  Passeriformes
Family:
  Motacillidae
Genus:
   Motacilla
Scientific:
  Motacilla capensis


Original description

Citation:
  Linnaeus, C 1766

Reference:
   Systema Naturae ed. 12, vol. 1, part 1

Protonym:
  Motacilla capensis

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/42946529


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  4F2CC2933B4262F0

Avibase ID:
  avibase-4F2CC293

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/4F2CC293


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 561227

Geographic range:

  • Motacilla capensis capensis: western and southern Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, and western and southern Mozambique
  • Motacilla capensis wellsi: Highlands of e Democratic Republic of the Congo to Uganda and Kenya
  • Motacilla capensis simplicissima: Angola and northeastern Namibia (Caprivi Strip) to southeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Botswana, and northwestern Zimbabwe
English:
Cape Wagtail
Catalan:
cuereta del Cap
Czech:
konipas jihoafrický
Danish:
Kapvipstjert
German:
Kapstelze
Spanish:
Lavandera de El Cabo
Spanish (Spain):
Lavandera de El Cabo
Finnish:
suvantovästäräkki
French:
Bergeronnette du Cap
Croatian:
maslinasta pastirica
Hungarian:
fokföldi billegető
Icelandic:
Núperla
Italian:
Ballerina del Capo
Japanese (romaji):
samehakusekirei
Japanese:
サメハクセキレイ
Lithuanian:
Kapinė kielė
Dutch:
Kaapse Kwikstaart
Norwegian Nynorsk:
Oskeerle
Norwegian:
Askeerle
Polish:
pliszka obrożna
Portuguese:
alvéola-do-cabo
Russian:
Капская трясогузка
Slovak:
trasochvost bielohrdlý
Serbian:
Kapska pliska
Swedish:
kapärla
Ukrainian:
Плиска капська
Chinese:
海角鹡鸰
Chinese (Traditional):
南非鶺鴒


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

African Bird Club Checklist 2004:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist August 2005:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2007:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist January 2008:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist May 2009:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
African Bird Club Checklist March 2010:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 05 (Jan 2017):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 06 (Feb 2018):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 00:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 01:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 02:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 03:
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Birdlife checklist version 04:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05 (Jun 2012):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 05.1 (Oct 2012):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06 (Nov 2013):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 06.1 (Feb 2014):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 07 (Jul 2014):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 08 (Oct 2015):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09 (Dec 2016):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Birdlife checklist version 09.1 (Jun 2017):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2 (Dec 2017):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v3 (Nov 2018):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v4 (Dec 2019):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v5 (Dec 2020):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v6 (Dec 2021):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993, révision 2009):
Bergeronnette du Cap ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Commission internationale pour les noms français des oiseaux (1993):
Bergeronnette du Cap ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Clements 1st edition:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2021:
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Clements, version 2022:
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Clements 3rd edition:
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Clements 4th edition:
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Clements 5th edition (as published):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2000 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2001 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2002 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2003 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2004 revisions):
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Clements 5th edition (incl. 2005 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Clements 6th edition (incl. 2007 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2008 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (incl. 2009 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.5 incl. 2010 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.6 incl. 2011 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.7 incl. 2012 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.8 incl. 2013 revisions):
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Clements 6th edition (version 6.9 incl. 2014 revisions):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Clements, version 2015:
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Clements, version 2016:
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Clements, version 2017:
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Clements, version 2018:
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Clements, version 2019:
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eBird version 1.50:
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eBird version 1.52:
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eBird version 1.53:
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eBird version 1.54:
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eBird version 1.55:
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eBird version 2015:
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eBird version 2016:
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eBird version 2017:
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eBird version 2018:
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eBird version 2019:
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eBird version 2021:
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eBird version 2022:
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Howard and Moore 2nd edition:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 2nd edition (incl. ? suppl):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (as published):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 1.2):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 2.1):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 3.1):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 4):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 5):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 6):
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Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 7):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 3rd edition (incl. corrigenda 8):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World (vol 1-16):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (31/01/2015):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (03/07/2017):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2017):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Handbook of the Birds of the World and Birdlife (Dec 2018):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.0:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 1.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 1.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.0:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.6:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.7:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.8:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.9:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.10:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 2.11:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.5:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 4.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 5.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 6.4:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 7.3:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 8.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 9.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 10.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 10.2:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 11.1:
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IOC World Bird Names, version 11.2:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.1:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
IOC World Bird Names, version 12.2:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Morony, Bock and Farrand:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensa) [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds:
Motacilla capensis [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (original):
Motacilla capensis [version 1]
Peters' Check-list of the Birds (2nd edition):
Motacilla capensis [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe (1993, including corrections up to 1998):
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Sibley and Monroe, Birds of the World Version 2.0:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.02:
Cape Wagtail ( Motacilla capensis) [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Motacilla capensis [version 1]
Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource:
Motacilla capensis [version 1]

Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species

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Afrikaans: Gewone Kwikkie
Azerbaijani: Kap çaydaçapanı
Bulgarian: Капска стърчиопашка
Catalan: cuereta del Cap
Czech: konipas jihoafrický, Konipas kapský
Danish: Kapvipstjert
German: Kapstelze
English: Cape Wagtail, Kenya Wagtail, Well's Wagtail
English, HBW: Cape Wagtail
English (IOC): Cape Wagtail
English (Kenya): Cape Wagtail
English (United States): Cape Wagtail
Esperanto: Kablanda motacilo
Spanish: Lavandera de El Cabo, Lavandera del Cabo
Spanish (Spain): Lavandera de El Cabo, Lavandera del Cabo
Spanish (HBW): Cape Wagtail
Estonian: lõunavästrik
Finnish: Suvantovästäräkki
French: Bergeronnette du Cap
Croatian: maslinasta pastirica
Hungarian: fokföldi billegető
Icelandic: Núperla
Italian: Ballerina del Capo
Japanese (romaji): samehakusekirei
Japanese: サメハクセキレイ
Kwangali: Kamukombo
Scientific: Motacila capensis, Motacilla capensa, Motacilla capensis, Motacilla capensis capensis, Motacilla capensis simplicissima, Motacilla simplicissima
Lithuanian: Kapinė kielė
Dutch: Kaapse Kwikstaart
Norwegian Nynorsk: Oskeerle
Norwegian: Askeerle
Sotho, Northern: Moletašaka
Polish: pliszka obrozna, pliszka obrożna
Portuguese: Alveola do cabo, Alvéola do Cabo, Alveola-do-cabo, alvéola-do-cabo
Portuguese (Portugal): alvéola-do-cabo
Russian: Капская трясогузка
Slovak: Trasochvost bielohrdlý
Serbian: Kapska pliska
Sotho, Southern: Motjoli
Swedish: Kapärla
Swahili: Tikisa Kusi
Tswana: Mokgôrônyane
Turkish: Kap kuyruksallayanı
Tsonga: Mandzedzerekundze
Tatar: Кап сиртмәкойрыгы
Ukrainian: Плиска капська
Xhosa: Umcelu
Chinese: 海角鹡鸰
Chinese (Traditional): 南非鶺鴒
Zulu: umVemve

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