Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara) - HBW 9, p. 786

French: Bergeronnette à longue queue German: Langschwanzstelze 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.