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 13 videos
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 3 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 1 year ago 41 sec 4
A bird in short grass Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp clara)
Keith Blomerley 8 April 2002 5 years ago 12 sec 3.8
PhotosSee all 9 photos
An adult perching on a branch
Locality Kibale National Park, Uganda
Tadeusz Stawarczyk 12 July 2013 9 weeks ago 4.2
Perched on a cow pie.
Locality Castle Forest Lodge, Mount Kenya National Park, Kenya (ssp torrentium)
Nick Athanas 28 August 2012 1 year ago 4
An adult foraging on the ground.
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia (ssp clara)
David Beadle 19 January 2009 1 year ago 3.5
Drinking from a pool
Locality Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, KwaZulu Natal Province, South Africa
Lindsay Hansch 19 October 2008 2 years ago 3
A singing Mountain Wagtail.
Locality Wondo Genet, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
Christian Boix Hinzen 10 November 2009 4 years ago 3
Mountain Wagtail in a little river near the lake
Locality Lake Awing, Bafut-Nguemba Forest Reserve, Bamenda Highlands, Northwest Province, Cameroon
Bernard Guevorts 17 August 2012 1 year ago 2.8