Grey Wagtail – aberrant bare parts

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Grey Wagtails (Motacilla cinerea) are not uncommon in the city during the migration period. You can come across them in large drains that are shallow, especially if they have some sand, or open partially waterlogged muddy fields. I saw this odd looking one recently. It had a pale, flesh coloured bill with a small section that was darker in the middle. It was also in moult.

Appreciate any opinions as to the reason for this odd appearance.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of the city, semi-urban

Date: 21th January 2021

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone



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