Pipits and wagtails

(Motacillidae)

Class Aves Order Passeriformes Suborder Passeri (Oscines) Family Motacillidae

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Small passerines with slender body, short neck, medium to long tail and legs, and thin, pointed bill; mainly terrestrial and insectivorous

Size

Number of genera, species

5 genera; 63 species

Habitat

Predominantly open country, often near water: rocky shores, wet meadows, grassland, arid regions and tundra; also woodland

Conservation status

Endangered: 2 species; Vulnerable: 3 species; Near Threatened: 4 species; Data Deficient: 2 species

Distribution

Cosmopolitan; all continents, from Arctic tundra to Antarctic (South Georgia)

Distribution

Cosmopolitan; all continents, from Arctic tundra to Antarctic (South Georgia)

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