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  Order Passeriformes
   Suborder Passeres - Oscines (Song Birds)
      Parvorder Passerida (Superfamily Passeroidea)
         Family Montacillidae - Wagtails, Pipits

  Passerines are generally smaller than non-passerines. They have a perching foot with three toes directed forward and the one backward with locking tendons to facilitate perching when their tendons are flexed. All passerines scratch by bringing the foot over the wing. Incubation ranges from 11 -21 days. Young hatch blind with little or no down and spend 10-15 days or so in the nest - development is rapid and parents provide care beyond fledging.
Oscines are passerines with complex syringeal musculature used to produce varied vocalizations. 
Passeroids include the Nine-primaried Oscines, pipits, Old World sparrows, and weavers.
Wagtails and Pipits are small passerines with relatively long tails. They are terrestrial insectivores of open country. Their hind claw is long and nearly straight. Pipits are gregarious and walk (never hop) on the ground. 
     
     
  White Wagtail, Montacilla alba
 
  USGS     WIki     EoL
        OCCURRENCE? - Accidental
            OPEN TUNDRA, PRAIRIE
 
 
   The White Wagtail is very similar to the Black-backed Wagtail. They have dark remiges (wing feathers) and a dark tail with white outer tail feathers. The face is white with a black eye line and black cap. The coverts are white and show as a panel in the sitting bird. See your field guide for this western species. It is found  on Arctic coastal cliffs, villages, gravel flats - open country from tundra to desert edge. They may associate with livestock. 
 
       
  NOTES:
   Checklists -
      Huntington Beach - exceptional April
   Avendex: 1 record.
   Potter: One photographed at Huntington Beach State Park in April 1998. This specimen was probably from the Siberian population.
  ●  Accidental.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

       
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