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A mute bird makes no omen.

A Spanish proverb

Yellow Wagtail

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Yellow Wagtail

The Yellow Wagtail, Motacilla flava, is a small passerine in the wagtail family Motacillidae, which also includes the pipits and longclaws.

Identification Tips:
• Length: 5.5 inches
• Slender bill
• Yellow underparts
• Olive back
• Dark wings with some white edges
• White supercilium
• Gray head
• Black tail with white outer tail feathers
• Dark legs
• Sexes similar
• Juveniles have duller plumage, paler underparts and dark malar streaks connecting across the upper breast
• Breeds in Alaska

Similar species:
Rarer Gray Wagtail has yellow rump and white wing stripe.

This insectivorous bird inhabits open country near water, such as wet meadows. Yellow Wagtails nests in tussocks. They usually lay four to eight speckled eggs.

This species’ systematics and phylogeny (study of evolutionary relatedness) is extremely confusing. Literally dozens of subspecies have been described at one time or another.

 

 

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