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White Wagtail

Motacilla alba Linnaeus, C 1758

The white wagtail is a small passerine bird in the family Motacillidae, which also includes pipits and longclaws. The species breeds in much of Europe and the Asian Palearctic and parts of North Africa. It has a toehold in Alaska as a scarce breeder. It is resident in the mildest parts of its range, but otherwise migrates to Africa. In Ireland and Great Britain, the darker subspecies, the pied wagtail or water wagtail predominates. In total, there are between 9 and 11 subspecies. Source: Wikipedia




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


Original description

Citation:
  Linnaeus, C 1758

Reference:
   Systema Naturae ed. 10 1 p.185

Protonym:
  Motacilla alba

Link:
  https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/727092


Avibase identifiers

Avibase ID:
  80A3185DD94F9D98

Avibase ID:
  avibase-80A3185D

Short link:
  https://avibase.ca/80A3185D


Taxonomic Serial Number:
  TSN: 178476

Geographic range:

  • Motacilla alba alba: SE Greenland, Iceland to Faeroes, Europe, s Urals, Asia Minor
  • Motacilla alba dukhuensis: C Russia to Caucasus, nw Iran, Altai Mts.; >Middle East to India
English:
White Wagtail
French:
Bergeronnette grise
Japanese (romaji):
hakusekirei
Portuguese:
Alvéola-branca


Authorities recognizing this taxonomic concept:

American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (1886):
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American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 1st suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 2nd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 3rd suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 4th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 1st edition (incl. 6th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (1895):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 8th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 10th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 11th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 12th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 13th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 14th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 2nd edition (incl. 15th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (1910):
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American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 16th suppl.):
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American Ornithologists' Union 3rd edition (incl. 18th suppl.):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts (current):
White Wagtail ( Motacilla alba)
Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 01 (August 2013):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 02 (May 2014):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 03 (March 2015):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 04 (Aug 2016):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 07 (Feb 2020):
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Avibase taxonomic concepts v. 08 (Feb 2021):
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eBird version 1.50:
White Wagtail (alba) ( Motacilla alba alba) [version 1]
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 4th edition (vol. 1-2):
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Howard and Moore 4th edition (incl. corrigenda vol.1-2):
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IOC World Bird Names, version 3.1:
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Working Group Avian Checklists, version 0.01:
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Taxonomic status:

Species status: full species (sometimes nominal subspecies)

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Motacilla [alba, yarrellii, subpersonata, baicalensis, personata or ocularis] (sensu lato) by some authors

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Other synonyms

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Abkhazian: аДырганүыхәа
Afrikaans: Witkwikkie, Witkwikkie (Witwang)
Arabic: أبوفصادة ابيض (ابيض الوجه), الذعرة البيضاء, شتوي كثير جداً.
Asturian: Llavandera, Lllavandera blanca (blanca euroasiática)
Azerbaijani: Ağ çaydaçapan, Ağ çaydaçapan (alba/dukhunensis yarımnövü), ağ quyruqsallayan, ağ titrəkquyruq, sğ çaydaçalan
Bashkir: аҡ сәпсек, боҙтишкес, кәмәрсек, кәмәрсен, сәберсәк, сәбәрсен
Belarusian: Белая плiска, Белая пліска, Пліска белая
Bulgarian: Бяла стърчиопашка, Бяла стърчиопашка (ssp. alba/dukhunensis)
Bengali: ধলা খঞ্জন
Breton: Ar gannerez c'hris ar vengleuz
Catalan: Cuereta blanca, Cuereta blanca (euroasiàtica), Cuereta blanca vulgar, Xàtxero
Catalan (Balears): Xàtxero
Valencian: Cueta citrina
Montenegrin: bijela pastirica, бијела пастирица
Montenegrin (Cyrillic): бијела пастирица
Czech: Konipas bílý, konipas bílý (ssp. alba/dukhunensis), konipas bílý evropský/západosibiřský
Chuvash: шурă пăрчăкан
Welsh: Siglen Fraith, Siglen wen
Danish: Hvid Vipstjert, Hvid Vipstjert (alba), Hvid Vipstjert, Almindelig (ssp. alba)
German: Bachstelze, Bachstelze (alba/dukhunensis), Bachstelze-alba, Bachstelze-alba (alba/dukhunensis)
Greek: Λευκοσουσουράδα, Λευκοσουσουράδα (alba/dukhunensis)
English: European White Wagtail, Masked Wagtail, Pied wagtail, White Wagtail, White Wagtail (alba), White Wagtail (White-faced)
English (United Kingdom): Pied Wagtail/White Wagtail, White Wagtail (alba)
English, HBW: White Wagtail (White-faced)
English (IOC): White Wagtail (White-faced)
English (Kenya): White Wagtail
English (UAE): White Wagtail (alba), White Wagtail (White-faced)
English (United States): White Wagtail (White-faced)
Esperanto: blanka motacilo , Griza motacilo
Spanish: Lavandera Blanca, Lavandera Blanca (alba/dukhunensis), Lavandera Blanca (blanca euroasiática)
Spanish (Spain): Lavandera Blanca, Lavandera Blanca (alba/dukhunensis), Lavandera blanca (blanca euroasiática)
Spanish (HBW): White Wagtail (White-faced)
Spanish (Mexico): Lavandera Blanca, Lavandera Blanca (alba/dukhunensis)
Spanish (Uruguay): White Wagtail, White Wagtail (Subesp. alba/dukhunensis)
Estonian: Linavästrik
Basque: Buztanikara zuria, Buztanikara zuria (alba/dukhunensis)
Evenki: чикчакун, чичака̄н, чичакӯн, чичап, чокчокӯн
Persian: دم‌ جنبانک ابلق (alba/dukhunensis), دم‌جنبانک ابلق
Finnish: Västäräkki, västäräkki (alalaji alba), västäräkki (alba/dukhunensis)
Faroese: Erka kongsdóttir (alba/dukhunensis), Erla, Erla kongsdóttir
French: Bergeronnette grise, Bergeronnette grise (alba), Bergeronnette grise (nominal), Bergeronnette grise [alba ou dukhunensis]
Friulian: bandule, scjassecode
Frisian: Boumantsje
Irish: Glasóg Shráide
Gaelic: Breac an t-Sìl
Galician: Lavandeira branca, Lavandeira branca (alba/dukhunensis)
Manx: Ushag Vreck
Hebrew: נחליאלי לבן, נחליאלי לבן (לבן-פנים)
Croatian: Bijela Pastirica, Bijela pastirica (bijelolica)
Hungarian: Barázdabillegető, Barázdabillegető (Fehérarcú)
Armenian: Սպիտակ Խաղտտնիկ, Սպիտակ խաղտտնիկ (Սպիտակադեմք)
Icelandic: Maríuerla, Maríuerla (alba), Maríuerla (alba/dukhunensis)
Italian: Ballerina bianca, Ballerina bianca (alba/dukhunensis)
Japanese (romaji): hakusekirei, Haku-sekirei, hakusekirei (alba/dukhunensis), tairiku haku-sekirei
Japanese: タイリクハクセキレイ, ニシシベリアハクセキレイ (alba/dukhunensis), ハクセキレイ, ハクセキレイ (alba/dukhunensis), ハクセキレイ(亜種ヨーロッパクセキレイ)
Japanese (Kanji): 大陸白鶺鴒
Georgian: თეთრი ბოლოქანქალა, თეთრი ბოლოქანქარა
Kara-Kalpak: қара шымшық, қаратамақ
Kabardian: мывэкӀэпыс, мывэкӀэпысхужь
Mongolian, Halh: жанхлай, хөх цэгцгий
Khakas: Ах ызығас
Kazakh: ақ қаратамақ торғай, Ақ шақшақай
Kazakh (Transliteration): aq şaqşaqay, qara-moyın şaqşaqay
Korean: 알락할미새, 알락할미새 (alba/dukhunensis)
Korean (Transliteration): allak-halmi-sae
Karachay-Balkar: акъ сабан чыпчыкъ, акъ сабанчыпчыкъ
North Karelian: valkoväistäräkki
Cornish: Stenor
Kirghiz: ак жылкычы кучкач, кадимки жылкычы чымчык
Scientific: Motacilla alba, Motacilla alba alba, Motacilla alba alba/dukhunensis, Motacilla alba alba/dukunensis, Motacilla alba personata, Motacilla albidis, Motacilla lugubris, Motacilla personata
Luxembourgish: Panewippchen
Lithuanian: Baltoji kiele, Baltoji kielė, Baltoji kielė (alba/dukhunensis), Žiloji kielė
Latvian: Baltā cielava, Baltā cielava (alba/dukhunensis)
Macedonian: Бела (Мала) тресиопашка
Malayalam: വെള്ള  വാലുകുലുക്കി 
Mongolian: жанхлай, Мэлзэн цэгцгий, Хүхэ сэсэгы, Хөх цэгцгий, хөх цэгцүүхэй, хөх цэгцхий, цэгцхий
Mongolian (Bichig): ᠬᠦᠬᠡ ᠴᠡᠭᠴᠡᠭᠡᠢ
Mongolian (Bichig, Inner Mongolia): ᠬᠦᠬᠡ ᠴᠡᠭᠴᠡᠬᠡᠢ
Mongolian (Cyrillic, Inner Mongolia): Хөх цэгцхий, Цэгцхий
Mongolian (Transliteration): khökh tsegtsgii, khökh tsegtskhii, khükhe sesegi, melzeŋ tsegtsgii, tsegtskhii
Moldavian: Codobatură albă
Malay: Burung Kedidi Hitam-Putih, Burung Pipit Pelanduk, Kedidi Hitam-Putih
Maltese: Zakak Abjad, zakak tal-ħannieqa
Mongolian, Chakhar (Peripheral): хөх цэгцүүхэй, хөх цэгцхий, цэгцхий
Nepali: फुस्रो टिकटिके
Dutch: Witte Kwikstaart, Witte Kwikstaart (alba/dukhunensis)
Norwegian: Linerle, linerle (alba/dukhunensis)
Livvi (Olonets Karelian): virduvästäräkki
Polish: Pliszka górska, pliszka siwa, pliszka siwa (alba/dukhunensis), pliszka siwa (ssp. dukhunensis)
Pinyin: bái chànr (zhànr?, bái jílíng, bái mǎ lán-huā, bái-liǎn jílíng, bái-miàn niǎo, bīn-líng, diǎn-shuǐ què
Portuguese: Alvéola-branca
Portuguese (Portugal): Alvéola-branca, alvéola-branca (alba/dukhunensis), Alvéola-branca-comum
Romansh: Ballacua alva
Romanian: Codobatură albă
Russian: Белая трясогузка, Белая трясогузка (alba/dukhunensis), Белая трясогузка (подвид alba/dukhunensis), Маскированная трясогузка, Трясогузка белая
Yakut: сылгы чыычааҕа, сылгычыай, сылгычыайа, сылгычыайдар, үрүҥ сылгычыай
Scots: Breac an t-sil
Northern Sami: Beštor
Sinhalese (Transliteration): Sudu Halapenda
Slovak: Trasochvost biely, trasochvost biely (skup.)
Slovenian: bela pastirica, Bela pastirica (alba/dukhunensis)
Albanian: Bishtatundësi i bardhë
Serbian: Bela pliska (alba/dukhunensis), bijela pliska
Swedish: Sädesärla, sädesärla (alba/dukhunensis)
Swahili: Tikisa Mweupe
Tamil: மஞ்சள் வாலாட்டி, வெள்ளை வாலாட்டி
Thai: นกอุ้มบาตร, นกอุ้มบาตร (alba/dukhunensis), นกอุ้มบาตร (ยูเรเชีย)
Thai (Transliteration): nók ûm-bàat
Turkmen: geçiguş
Turkish: Ak Kuyruksallayan, Ak Kuyruksallayan (alba/dukhunensis), Akkuyruksallayan, Ақ шақшақай, Қарамойын шақшақай
Tatar: ак сиртмәкойрык
Tuvinian: Сайдаяк
Udmurt: валсырчик, валчечег, валчорчык, валчутон, ву дур чечег, вудурчечег, вучечег, йӧвырӟытӥсь, йӧгигтӥсь, йӧгылтӥсь, йӧчигтӥсь, тӧдьы йӧгылтӥсь, тӧдьы чечег, чечег, чечегъѐс, чибизык, чорчык
Ukrainian: Біла плиска, Плиска біла, Плиска біла (підвид alba/dukhunensis)
Uzbek: оқ жибилажибон, оқ жиблажибон
Vietnamese: Chìa vôi trắng, Chim Chìa vôi trắng
Kalmyk: цаһан дагҗу
Chinese: 濒鴒, 点水雀, 白脸鹡鸰, 白面鸟, 白颤儿, 白马兰花, 白鶺鴒 , 白鹡鸰, 白鹡鸰(欧洲), 白鹡鸰(欧洲,白脸灰背)
Chinese (Traditional): 瀕鴒, 白臉鶺鴒, 白面鳥, 白顫兒, 白馬蘭花, 白鶺鴒, 白鶺鴒(指名亞種群), 點水雀
Chinese (Taiwan, Traditional): 白鶺鴒
Chinese (Taiwan): 白鶺鴒 , 白鹡鸰

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