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African Pied Wagtail - A rare sighting at Buffels Bay, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa.

African Pied Wagtail - Motacilla aguimp - was sighted on Monday afternoon  at Buffels Bay, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape, South Africa. It occurs across much of sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to Sudan south to around Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grasslands, rivers, and intermittent freshwater marshes.

It’s food consists mainly of  insects and tadpoles.

The breeding season is almost all year and they are territorial solitary nesters. Breeding pairs rear multiple broods in each breeding season, usually up to three per season in southern Africa.

The nest is built by both sexes, consisting of a deep cup. It is typically placed close to water on the ground or in vegetation, such as reeds, grass and flood debris.

They lay between 2 to 5 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for  between 12 to 15 days. The chicks are fed by both sexes. The young leave the nest after 15 to 18 days and remain dependent on their parents for two more weeks.

Conservation status - Least concern


These striking birds can be seen on the following Aves Birding Tours/Safaris/Adventures: -

 Aves Eastern Cape Birding Tour / Safari /Adventure.

Aves Highlands / Tembe Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves KZN Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves North East Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.

Aves North West Birding Tour / Safari / Adventure.


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