Japanese Wagtail

Japanese Wagtail Motacilla grandis is nearly endemic to Japan, but vagrants occasionally reach mainland Chinese coast and Taiwan. Distinguished from black-backed races of White Wagtail M. alba by larger size and nearly all-black head, broken only by white supercilium, forehead, and chin. Very similar to White-browed Wagtail M. maderaspatensis of Indian subcontinent, but ranges widely disjunct. — Craig Brelsford

THE PIPITS AND WAGTAILS OF CHINA

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Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Eastern Yellow Wagtail M. tschutschensis
Citrine Wagtail M. citreola
Grey Wagtail M. cinerea
White Wagtail M. alba
Japanese Wagtail M. grandis
White-browed Wagtail M. maderaspatensis
Richard’s Pipit Anthus richardi
Paddyfield Pipit A. rufulus
Blyth’s Pipit A. godlewskii
Tawny Pipit A. campestris
Meadow Pipit A. pratensis
Tree Pipit A. trivialis
Olive-backed Pipit A. hodgsoni
Pechora Pipit A. gustavi
Rosy Pipit A. roseatus
Red-throated Pipit A. cervinus
Buff-bellied Pipit A. rubescens
Water Pipit A. spinoletta
Upland Pipit A. sylvanus

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Daniel Bengtsson served as chief ornithological consultant for Craig Brelsford’s Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of China, from which this species description is drawn.

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