Definition of willie wagtail in English:

willie wagtail

(also willy wagtail)


  • 1A common Australian monarch flycatcher with striking black and white plumage.

    • ‘However, we found that other Australian species (e.g., grey fantails and willie wagtails) ejected all nonmimetic eggs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, a willy wagtail alights on the roof of the greenhouse, waggling smugly to itself, dancing through sheer joie de vivre, it seems, whilst a string of silvery notes glitters from its throat.’
    • ‘The school is generally called the Tjintitjinturrpa school, this name being again from a major local Tjukurrpa, the willy wagtail bird.’
    1. 1.1British informal The pied wagtail.
      • ‘The Pied Wagtail (Motacilla alba), is a common British bird, seen throughout the UK all year round. It gets it's name from the constant wagging of it's tail. It's known in parts of Ireland as a ‘Willie Wagtail’.’
      • ‘You can spot a wagtail because it often wags its tail up and down. The nickname for a pied wagtail is a ‘Willie Wagtail’.’