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Birds

Yellow
Wagtail

Least Concern

Decreasing

Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava

The Yellow Wagtail breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is resident in the milder parts of its range, such as western Europe, but northern and eastern populations migrate to Africa and south Asia. It is a slender 15 cm long bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the shortest tailed of the European wagtails. The breeding adult male is basically olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males come in a variety of colors and patterns depending on subspecies.

Western Yellow Wagtail, Black-headed Wagtail

Regional Names
  • Bengali:
    পশ্চিমা হলদেখঞ্জন
  • Gujarati:
    ભૂરા માથાનો પીલકીયો
  • Malayalam:
    കരിന്തലയൻ മഞ്ഞ വാലുകുലുക്കി
  • Marathi:
    पिवळा धोबी, काळ्या डोक्याचा धोबी, पिवळा परीट
  • Nepali:
    पहेंलो टिकटिके
  • Sanskrit:
    पीत खञ्जन
  • Tamil:
    மேற்கத்திய வலசை வாலாட்டி
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Taxanomy

PASSERIFORMES
MOTACILLIDAE
Motacilla flava

Yellow Wagtail

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