Order Passeriformes

Family Motacillidae

Pipits and Wagtails
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  • Small to medium-sized, mostly terrestrial passerines with short neck, long tail, long legs and toes; plumage mostly brown or brownish, often streaked, some species black and white, some with yellow or orange.
  • Cosmopolitan, mostly Old World.
  • Mostly open habitats, often grassland, a few species in wooded habitats; often near water.
  • 11-24 cm.
  • 6 genera, 65 species, 212 taxa.
  • 5 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & Bonan, A. (2017). Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52304 on 27 March 2017).