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Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava flava (Linnaeus, 1758)

Желтая трясогузка | Сары шақшақай

Mangistau district, Fetisovo
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Crown, nape and ear coverts are pale-grey, paler than on thunbergi; ear coverts are grey not blackish; the white supercilium is usually well-defined but occasionally absent; the chin and is white, rare yellow. No pale eye-ring.


Breeds in Volga-Ural region and occurs elsewhere on migration. On Chokpak Pass migrates 4 April – 18 May and 24 August – 12 September; on Sorbulak lake 6 April – 7 May and 21 August – 1 October.


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005.
"Птицы Казахстана" том 3. "Наука". Алма-Ата, 1970.
В.К.Рябицев. "Птицы Урала, Приуралья и Западной Сибири". Екатеринбург, Изд-во Уральского университета, 2000.
Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999.


relative taxons

Motacilla flava
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Motacilla flava beema
(Sykes, 1832)
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Motacilla flava thunbergi
(Billberg, 1828)
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Motacilla flava zaissanensis
(Polyakov, 1911)
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Motacilla flava leucocephala
(Przevalski, 1887)
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