Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

African Pied Wagtail (Motacilla aguimp) - HBW 9, p. 779

French: Bergeronnette pie German: Witwenstelze Spanish: Lavandera Africana
Other common names: African Wagtail

Taxonomy: Motacilla aguimp Dumont, 1821, Lower Orange River, South Africa.
Thought to form a superspecies with M. alba, M. maderaspatensis, M. grandis and M. samveasnae; recent analyses of mitochondrial DNA, however, suggest that it is possibly more distantly related to this group, and may be a sister-taxon to a group containing M. alba (with race lugens), M. flava, M. citreola and M. cinerea. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • vidua Sundevall, 1850 - Sierra Leone and S Mali E to S Sudan and NW & E Kenya, S to Angola, N & E Botswana and E South Africa (S to Eastern Cape); also lower Nile Valley (S from S Egypt), and discontinuously N & E Sudan, W Eritrea, NW, NE & S Ethiopia, and S Somalia.
  • aguimp Dumont, 1821 - R Orange and R Vaal drainages in S Namibia, C South Africa and Lesotho.