Pied Wagtail

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The Pied Wagtail is one of Ireland’s most common garden birds. It can be distinguished from the Grey Wagtail by its plumage, which is often black, white, grey and brown in colour. Unlike the Grey Wagtail, it is not currently endangered. Like other members of the wagtail family, the Pied Wagtail can often be seen bobbing or wagging its tail while perched. Researchers aren’t entirely sure why they do this, but it's definitely endearing! Pied Wagtails can be spotted along the canal, feeding on small insects they find next to the water. They are resident in Ireland all year round.