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Western Yellow Wagtail

(Motacilla flava)
Alternate name(s): "Yellow Wagtail" (many others for individual races)
German name(s): "Schafstelze"

Size: 15-16 cm

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Yellow Wagtail at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "flava"

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2017]

Lateral view of a male Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of A. Sarok)
[5 km North of Temerin, Serbia, June 2014]

Lateral view of a male Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of K. Paunovic)
[Near Novi Sad, Serbia, April 2015]

Dorsal view of a male Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Western Yellow Wagtail in a meadow (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Biebrza NP, Poland, May 2016]

FEMALE

Near-frontal view of a female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug Landscape Park, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2015]

Near-frontal view of a female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug Landscape Park, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2015]

Lateral view of a female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug Landscape Park, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2015]

Lateral view of a moulting female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a moulting female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Dorsal view of a moulting female Western Yellow Wagtail (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a moulting female Western Yellow Wagtail, back, with a dependent juvenile, front (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Malinowo, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

An immature Western Yellow Wagtail was also photographed by us in Oman.

Lateral view of a female Western Yellow Wagtail with a fledgling (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2017]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Territorial? Mobility: Sedentary/migratory Elementary unit: Pair/family clan

As all wagtails of the Motacilla genus, Western Yellow Wagtails constantly wag their tails in an up and down motion.

Food, Diet

Like all Motacilla wagtails known to us, Western Yellow Wagtails are insectivores.

Near-frontal view of a female Western Yellow Wagtail with its prey, a flying insect (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug Landscape Park, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2015]

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