Forest Wagtail
Forest Wagtail
Scientific Name 
Dendronanthus indicus
Arabic Name 
أصقع المروج
Kuwaiti name 
17.0 cm
Least Concern

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. An exotic-looking bird from the Eastern Palearctic. Characteristic field marks include two dark breast band markings, unlike any other wagtail.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 1 record for Kuwait from Al-Abraq in November 2006.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. They are found mainly in forested habitats, breeding in the temperate parts of east Asia and wintering across tropical Asia from India to Indonesia. It has a distinctive plumage that sets it apart from other Wagtails and has the habit of wagging its tail sideways unlike the usual up and down movements of the other wagtail species. This is the only Wagtail placed in the genus Dendronanthus (all other wagtails are placed in Motacilla).
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation.