forestwagtail

November 9, 2016 – Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus)

Breeding in areas of Russia, China, Japan, India, and Indonesia, these wagtails winter in South and Southeast Asia. They eat small invertebrates, such as ants, beetles, grasshoppers, spiders, snails, and worms, plucking their prey from the ground or foliage and sometimes catching flying insects in the air. Unlike most wagtail species, they rock their tails from side to side, rather than moving them up and down. They perform elaborate territorial and courtship displays, involving flight and song. Females do most of the nest construction, building cups from twigs, leaves, grass, rootlets, moss, and spiderwebs, and lining them with hair, fur, wool, and moss. The females also incubate the eggs while males bring them food, joining the males in gathering food for the chicks once they hatch.

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