Masked Wagtail (Spring)
Scientific Name 
Motacilla alba personata
Arabic Name 
الأصقع المقنع
Kuwaiti name 
18.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. It is a bird from the Eastern Palearctic with distinct markings; it may gain species status in the future.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 3 records of this sub-species for Kuwait with the last been seen at Jahra Pools Reserve in March 2013. The other two records came from Wafra Farms and another from Jahra Pools Reserve.
In the world 
Nine or eleven subspecies are currently recognised. Some phylogenetic studies using mtDNA still suggest that there is considerable gene flow within the races and the resulting closeness makes Motacilla alba a single species. However, some studies have suggested the existence of only two groups : the alboides group and the alba group.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting, trapping and loss of habitat.