Yellow wagtail, Motacilla flava flavissima, adult female. Catching insects (hoverflies etc.) at farmyard midden. Norfolk, England.

Pipits and wagtails

Three species of pipit and three wagtails breed in the UK but several others are rare visitors.

Pipits are lark-like in their streaky plumage and long hind claws but smaller and more slender than larks, often longer-tailed. Wagtails are similar in form but even longer-tailed, most species more or less associated with watery habitats. Some species are black, white and grey, while others have much yellow in their plumage.