Alba Wagtails
Motacilla alba ssp


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Identifying alba wagtails is a challenge, so here are some pictures which might help the debate.
Some useful links to other wagtail pictures are here:
Daniele Occhiato: Exquisite pictures of White Wagtails, though not all are dated.
Birdforum discussion: Interesting discussion on alba wagtails with black on the mantle.
Iain Livingstone: Identification guide to Autumn Wagtails. A paper for in-the-hand identification.
Digital-nature-photography.com: More exquisite pictures of White Wagtails
Arthur Grosset: Small collection of Pied Wagtails including one White Wagtail.


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 Pied/White Wagtail

    October 24, 2002

    Cambs, September, adult

 Pied/White Wagtails

    February 22, 2003

    Cambs, February, 2CY

 Alba Wagtail

    March 22, 2008

    Crete, March, with black mantle

 Alba Wagtail

    March 22, 2008

    Crete, March, with black mantle

 White Wagtail

    March 23, 2008

    Crete, March, dark birds

 White Wagtail

    March 23, 2008

    Crete, March, 2CY male

 White Wagtail

    March 23, 2008

    Crete, March, 2CY

 White Wagtail

    March 23, 2008

    Crete, March, moulting 2CY's

 White Wagtail

    March 23, 2008

    Crete, March, 2CY's, more advanced moult

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