Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Mekong Wagtail (Motacilla samveasnae) - HBW 9, p. 779

French: Bergeronnette du Mékong German: Mekongstelze Spanish: Lavandera del Mekong

Taxonomy: Motacilla samveasnae Duckworth et al., 2001, San River, Stung Teng province, Cambodia.
Recently described species. Thought to form a superspecies with M. alba, M. maderaspatensis, M. grandis and M. aguimp, although recent analyses of mitochondrial DNA suggest that last species possibly more distantly related to this group. Monotypic.

Distribution: Lower R Mekong and tributaries in extreme S Laos and NE Cambodia (upstream from Kampi), also marginally in adjacent parts of Thailand and Vietnam.