Pipits and Wagtails (Motacillidae)

White-browed Wagtail (Motacilla maderaspatensis) - HBW 9, p. 778

French: Bergeronnette indienne German: Mamulastelze Spanish: Lavandera India
Other common names: Large Pied Wagtail

Taxonomy: Motacilla maderaspatensis J. F. Gmelin, 1789, Madras, Tamil Nadu, India.
Formerly regarded as a race of M. alba. Thought to form a superspecies with that and with M. grandis, M. samveasnae and M. aguimp, although recent analyses of mitochondrial DNA suggest that last species possibly more distantly related to this group. Birds from Punjab region, described as race kangrae, generally considered indistinguishable from other populations. Monotypic.

Distribution: N Pakistan E in Himalayan foothills to Bangladesh, probably to Arunachal Pradesh, and S through most of peninsular India.