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White Wagtail

Montacilla alba

White wagtail. Photo Jan Nyman.

General information. The white wagtail has developed a familiar reputation for itself, due to its common presence, conspicuousness and lively movements. It is a tolerant species, with the ability to dwell and adapt to a variety of habitat types. This characteristic has enabled the white wagtail to be identified as a common species. In the most environmentally prosperous areas in central and southern Finland, this species can be found nesting in a density of roughly 20 pairs/ km². More precise surveys in Vaasa indicate similar nesting densities in these environmentally prosperous best areas. The nesting population has remained stable across Finland.

  • Length 19 cm
  • Nests in crevices between rocks, twig and wood piles, tree cavities, buildings, etc.
  • Migratory species. Winters in Africa and the Middle East
  • Feeds on insects, worms and other small bugs

Habitat. The white wagtail can be found nesting anywhere where there is low vegetation coverage. This enables it to seek food and some form of protected cavity where it can build its nest. These areas include along the fringe areas of human settlements, waterfronts, roadsides and field edges in the countryside.

Distribution in Vaasa. The white wagtail was recorded during nesting season in approximately 260 survey blocks in Vaasa.