Name: Yellow Wagtail
Scientific name: Motacilla flava
Nature Stars: 60
About: A small, elegant bird, about 16cm long. Yellow Wagtails have a shorter tail than the other two species. They are olivey green above and yellow below, with a yellow face and a black and white tail. Males are brighter than females. Yellow Wagtails nest on g
How to identify: The Grey Wagtail also has a yellow belly, but has a grey back and black wings, a longer tail, and is a bird of river banks rather than wet meadows.
Where: Widespread in the lowlands.
Fantastic fact: Eight different subspecies of Yellow Wagtail can be found in Europe, differing in the colour of the males' heads. For example, in France and Germany you will find the Blue-headed Wagtail, in Italy the Grey-headed Wagtail, in Finland the Ashy-headed Wagtai
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