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wag·tail

 (wăg′tāl′)
n.
Any of various chiefly Eurasian or African insectivorous birds of the family Motacillidae, having a slender body with a long tail that constantly wags.

wagtail

(ˈwæɡˌteɪl)
n
(Animals) any of various passerine songbirds of the genera Motacilla and Dendronanthus, of Eurasia and Africa, having a very long tail that wags when the bird walks: family Motacillidae

wag•tail

(ˈwægˌteɪl)

n.
1. any of various slim, usu. boldly patterned songbirds of the family Motacillidae, mainly of Eurasia and Africa, having a long tail that wags up and down when the bird is still.
2. any of several similar birds, as the water thrushes of the genus Seiurus.
[1500–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wagtail - Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walkswagtail - Old World bird having a very long tail that jerks up and down as it walks
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
genus Motacilla, Motacilla - type genus of the Motacillidae: wagtails
Translations

wagtail

[ˈwægteɪl] Nlavandera f

wagtail

[ˈwægteɪl] nbergeronnette f

wagtail

n (Orn) → Bachstelze f

wagtail

[ˈwægˌteɪl] n (Zool) → ballerina
grey wagtail → ballerina gialla
References in classic literature ?
All at once he turned round to Claude with the agile quickness of a wagtail.
The reason for this almost continuous movement on the part of wagtails has puzzled not only me but also lots of much more eminent students of ornithology.
A final walk through the gardens barely minutes before departure found lawns patrolled by loose flocks of White Wagtails all black and white and gray.
Over the weekend, the first Willow Warblers joined the many dozen Chiffchaffs singing on the reserve, with Yellow Wagtail and a few White Wagtails.
I READ recently that robins, pied wagtails and starlings could be targeted for heath and safety reasons.
AN ice cream man found a pair of wagtails had been living in his van's engine - and hatched six chicks.
CITRINE wagtails are rare visitors to Britain, and even rarer in Wales, with just three previous records, including one at RSPB Conwy in 2008.
What I was looking at were not dandelions but several yellow wagtails which are summer visitors from the African continent that spend the summer in pastures, meadows, riversides and arable fields, and usually near freshwater.
Numbers of lapwings, redshanks, pochards, yellow wagtails and great crested grebe have all increased and rare birds such as a purple heron, citrine wagtail, blue-winged teal, and a pair of bitterns have all been spotted.
I DON'T really wish to get involved in the debate on buzzards and birds of prey, but would like to point out that after killing all our wagtails and various tits and finches, a sparrow hawk took up residence in our shed and started on the swallows.
Reed buntings, redpolls, yellowhammers, grey wagtails, redwings and fieldfares are other unusual garden visitors not usually around.
Every year, millions of turtle doves, cuckoos, yellow wagtails and other native birds migrate to West Africa for the colder winter months.