Forest Wagtail (Dendronanthus indicus) breeds in East Asia (largely China) and migrates to southern and eastern India, and Southeast Asia during winter.
This peculiar wagtail that wags its tail from side to side prefers shaded wooded paths with leaf litter. During passage, it is often seen in similar habitat throughout its migratory route.
This animated migration map was created from observations uploaded to the citizen science platform eBird up until 2020. Where present, the inset graph depicts the seasonal likelihood of finding this species (i.e. the proportion of eBird checklists) within its range in India alone. We are grateful to the many birdwatchers around the world who have enabled the creation of this animation by sharing their observations on eBird.