Pied wagtail
Wagtail Wag"tail`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to {Motacilla} and several allied genera of the family {Motacillid[ae]}. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name. [1913 Webster]

{Field wagtail}, any one of several species of wagtails of the genus {Budytes} having the tail shorter, the legs longer, and the hind claw longer and straighter, than do the water wagtails. Most of the species are yellow beneath. Called also {yellow wagtail}.

{Garden wagtail}, the Indian black-breasted wagtail ({Nemoricola Indica}).

{Pied wagtail}, the common European water wagtail ({Motacilla lugubris}). It is variegated with black and white. The name is applied also to other allied species having similar colors. Called also {pied dishwasher}.

{Wagtail flycatcher}, a true flycatcher ({Sauloprocta motacilloides}) common in Southern Australia, where it is very tame, and frequents stock yards and gardens and often builds its nest about houses; -- called also {black fantail}.

{Water wagtail}. (a) Any one of several species of wagtails of the restricted genus {Motacilla}. They live chiefly on the shores of ponds and streams. (b) The American water thrush. See {Water thrush}.

{Wood wagtail}, an Asiatic wagtail; ({Calobates sulphurea}) having a slender bill and short legs. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • pied wagtail — noun : a water wagtail (Motacilla alba yarrellii) having chiefly black and white plumage that is the commonest wagtail in the British Isles * * * pied wagtail noun A black and white wagtail • • • Main Entry: ↑pied …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pied Wagtail — baltoji kielė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Motacilla alba angl. Pied Wagtail vok. Bachstelze …   Paukščių anatomijos terminai

  • pied wagtail — /ˈpaɪd wægteɪl/ (say puyd wagtayl) noun a British subspecies of the white wagtail. Also, water wagtail …   Australian English dictionary

  • African Pied Wagtail — At Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • African pied wagtail — afrikinė baltoji kielė statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Motacilla aguimp angl. African pied wagtail vok. Witwenstelze, f rus. африканская трясогузка, f; пегая трясогузка, f pranc. bergeronnette pie, f ryšiai: platesnis… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • pied dishwasher — Wagtail Wag tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to {Motacilla} and several allied genera of the family {Motacillid[ae]}. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wagtail — Wag tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to {Motacilla} and several allied genera of the family {Motacillid[ae]}. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wagtail flycatcher — Wagtail Wag tail , n. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to {Motacilla} and several allied genera of the family {Motacillid[ae]}. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pied — [paıd] adj [only before noun] [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: pie magpie ( MAGPIE)] used in the names of birds that are black and white ▪ a pied wagtail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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