Pied Wagtail - Motacilla alba

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Common name: Pied Wagtail

Scientific name: Motacilla alba

Accession number: 130

Materials: Watercolour on paper

When painted: 1831-1841

"It is a pleasant sight to see a small group of these birds walking and running with light and graceful steps along the newly turned furrows, on a cold dry morning in spring, when the east wind nips at your fingers, and calls the blood to your cheeks."

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