Mountain wagtail

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Mountain Wagtail
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Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: M. clara
Binomial name
Motacilla clara
Sharpe, 1908

The Mountain Wagtail (Motacilla clara), also known as the Long-tailed Wagtail, is a species of bird in the Motacillidae family.

It has a wide but patchy distribution across sub-Saharan Africa, occurring in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Its natural habitat is fast-flowing streams within subtropical or tropical dry forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.


  • Sinclair, Ian & Peter Ryan (2003) Birds of Africa south of the Sahara, Struik, Cape Town.