Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) - HBW 9, p. 786
French: Bergeronnette à longue queue
Spanish: Lavandera Clara
Other common names: Grey-backed/Long-tailed Wagtail
Taxonomy: Motacilla clara Sharpe, 1908, Simien Mountains, north Ethiopia.
Initially named as M. longicauda, but that name invalid, as preoccupied. May form a superspecies with M. cinerea. Race chapini possibly inseparable from torrentium. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- chapini Amadon, 1954 - SW Mali, S Sierra Leone, Liberia and W Ivory Coast, and from SE Nigeria and Cameroon S to Gabon and E to Central African Republic and N & S PRCongo; also Bioko I (Fernando Póo).
- clara Sharpe, 1908 - highlands of Ethiopia.
- torrentium Ticehurst, 1940 - E Uganda, C & S Kenya, and from E & S DRCongo, Rwanda and NW & N Tanzania S to C & SW Angola (S to Namibe), Zambia, N Zimbabwe and W Mozambique, also in mountains of E South Africa and Swaziland.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 14 videos
Adult feeding in fast flowing stream Locality Zomba Plateau, Southern Region, Malawi (ssp torrentium)
Jason Anderson 21 June 2015 50 weeks ago 15 sec 5
adult on rock in stream, brief snatch of song, flies and calls Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp clara)
Martin Kennewell 4 November 2010 5 years ago 17 sec 4.3
A bird walking in the grass Locality Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp chapini)
Josep del Hoyo 8 September 2006 9 years ago 19 sec 4.2
A bird feeding in a short grass area. Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp clara)
Josep del Hoyo 1 December 2005 10 years ago 42 sec 4.1
An adult going to its nest, carrying food for the chicks Locality Nechisar National Park, Ethiopia (ssp clara)
Josep del Hoyo 17 December 2005 9 years ago 32 sec 4.1
An adult foraging on branches along a river bank Locality Lingadzi Namilomba Forest Reserve, Lilongwe, Central Region, Malawi (ssp torrentium)
Greg Baker 15 October 2005 3 years ago 41 sec 4
PhotosSee all 17 photos
A bird along a river
Locality Ruhija, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda (ssp chapini)
Frederic Pelsy 8 October 2015 21 weeks ago 4.7
A bird near a pond
Locality Sof Omar, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Paul van Giersbergen 1 November 2014 25 weeks ago 4.5
Perched on a cow pie.
Locality Castle Forest Lodge, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya (ssp torrentium)
Nick Athanas 28 August 2012 3 years ago 4.4
Locality Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania
Markus Lilje 2 May 2015 37 weeks ago 4.3
Adult in stream
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Markus Lilje 21 December 2009 4 weeks ago 4
On the ground
Locality Big Babanki, Bamenda Highlands, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Tomas Grim 11 November 2013 25 weeks ago 3.8