Willy wagtails are a type of bird native to Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and parts of Indonesia – three sub-species are found in these areas. Just as the Australian magpie is unrelated to the Eurasian magpie, the willy wagtail has no connection to the Eurasian wagtail.
Willy wagtails are known to harass other birds, such as the kookaburra and wedge-tailed eagle, to protect their territory, and have even been known to do the same to deadly tiger snakes.
You will often see willy wagtails flying around, shaking their butts and acting all sassy – maybe this bird personifies someone in your life? A willy wagtail for you could be a sneaky tribute or memorial tattoo, and an animal alternative to a portrait. Be inspired by this small selection and be sure to tag us on social media if you get yourself one!
Traditional style willy wagtail tattoo by @avalontattoo Neo trad willy wagtail tattoo by @ebony_mellowship Willy wagtail tattoo by @drea.darling Willy wagtail tattoo by @tillydee
Updated: March 25, 2020
Traditional willy wagtail tattoo by @tattoosbycharlos Neo trad willy wagtail on an Agro ice cream. Tattoo by @ebony_mellowship Traditional willy wagtail tattoo by @avalontattoo