Webster 1913 Edition
Any one of many species of Old World singing birds belonging to
Motacillaand several allied genera of the family
Motacillidae. They have the habit of constantly jerking their long tails up and down, whence the name.
any one of several species of wagtails of the genus–
Budyteshaving the tail shorter, the legs longer, and the hind claw longer and straighter, than do the water wagtails. Most of the species are yellow beneath. Called also
the Indian black-breasted wagtail (–
the common European water wagtail (–
Motacilla lugubris). It is variegated with black and white. The name is applied also to other allied species having similar colors. Called also
a true flycatcher (–
Sauloprocta motacilloides) common in Southern Australia, where it is very tame, and frequents stock yards and gardens and often builds its nest about houses; – called also
Any one of several species of wagtails of the restricted genus
Motacilla. They live chiefly on the shores of ponds and streams.
The American water thrush. See–
an Asiatic wagtail; (
Calobates sulphurea) having a slender bill and short legs.
Webster 1828 Edition