Mountain Wagtail

Motacilla clara

Mountain Wagtail, Motacilla clara, photo © by Michael Plagens

Along the banks of a flowing mountain stream at Naiberi River Camp, s.e. of Eldoret, Kenya. 15 October 2010. Elevation 2360 m.

Much less common than the African Pied Wagtail and restricted to mountain areas where it hunts for insects and spiders along the shores of mountain streams. The plumage includes more gray and there is a distinct black necklace ring.

Motacillidae -- Wagtail and Pipit Family


  • Birds of Kenya and Northern Tanzania by Zimmerman et al.
  • Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

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