Japanese Wagtail

Japanese Wagtail
Japanese Wagtail
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: M. grandis
Binomial name
Motacilla grandis
Sharpe, 1885

The Japanese Wagtail, Motacilla grandis, is a species of bird in the pipit and wagtail family Motacillidae. It breeds in Japan and Korea.[1] Vagrant birds have been recorded in Taiwan, eastern China and far-eastern Russia.[2] In Japan, it is generally common from Kyushu northward, but uncommon in northern and central Hokkaido.[3] It breeds near human habitation in hilly countryside. It prefers the water's edge on gravelly rivers, ponds, and inland lakes.


  1. ^ Choi Chang-Yong & Nam Hyun-Young (2008) Distribution of the Japanese Wagtail Motacilla grandis in Korea, Ornithological Science 7(1):85-91. [Abstract only]
  2. ^ Brazil, Mark (2009) Birds of East Asia, Christopher Helm, London.
  3. ^ Brazil, Mark A. (1991) The Birds of Japan, Christopher Helm, London.