The unmarked, greyish brown upperparts, combined with the narrow, dark grey breast band, are diagnostic. This wagtail may be distinguished from Mountain Wagtail by the shorter tail and buffy (not white) belly and flanks, and by the reduced amount of white in the wings.
Juvenile is a duller version of the adult and has a buff-yellow wash over the belly.
Usually near fresh water or coastal lagoons but also in city parks and gardens.
A clear, ringing 'tseee-chee-chee' call; a whistled, trilling song.