Order Passeriformes

Family Motacillidae

Pipits and Wagtails
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Has been subject to significant genetic research, but taxonomy of many species-groups (e.g. Motacilla alba) remains uncertain, in part due to insufficient taxon sampling. Most authors maintain pipits within a single genus, Anthus, although genera Corydalla (type species A. richardi) and Cinaedium (A. lineiventris) recently suggested as suitable for recognition in view of current phylogenetic knowledge. Generic limits among Tmetothylacus, Hemimacronyx and Macronyx also require further attention. Most surprisingly, two species (Amaurocichla bocagii and Madanga ruficollis) long placed in Sylviidae and Zosteropidae, respectively, have been moved to present family, and found to belong in Motacilla and Anthus, respectively#R.

  • 11-24 cm.
  • 8 genera, 67 species, 210 taxa.
  • 8 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Tyler, S. & Bonan, A. (2020). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52304 on 31 March 2020).