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Citrine Wagtail male | by Johannes D. Mayer
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Citrine Wagtail male

The Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola) is a small songbird in the family Motacillidae. The term citrine refers to its yellowish colouration. This species breeds in north central Asia in wet meadows and tundra. It migrates in winter to south Asia, often to highland areas. Its range is expanding westwards, and it is a rare but increasing vagrant to western Europe. Vagrants seem to extend the migration rather than straying en route; in Bhutan for example, though along one of the species' migration flyways, the Citrine Wagtail has been recorded as an extremely rare passer-by rather than staying even for a few days or weeks.

It is an insectivorous bird of open country near water, such as wet meadows and bogs, and nests on the ground, laying 4-5 speckled eggs. (source:

The bird shown here belongs to the subspecies werae most probably.


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Taken on March 17, 2008