Western Yellow Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Western Yellow Wagtail breeds in much of temperate Europe and Asia. It is long, slender passerine bird.

How does the bird appear…

It has long, blackish-brown tail with olive fringes and white retrices. Bill is dark. Legs and feet are blackish.

Male- in breeding plumage it shows blue-gray forehead, crown, hindneck and ear-coverts. It shows narrow, white supercillium. Upperrparts are olive and lower parts are yellow. Male is duller in non-breeding season.

Female- Breeding female shows grey-brown crown and brownish cheeks. Upperparts are less yellow or mostly browner. The underparts are less uniformly yellow. Non-breeding female is duller than male.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits open country near water.


It forages while walking on ground or in water. It is insectivorous.

Breeding & Nesting

It is monogamous and breeds from April to August. It nests on ground in longer and thicker grass, near water. Incubation period is of 11-13 days. Eggs are incubated by both parents.



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