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Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava zaissanensis (Polyakov, 1911)

Желтая трясогузка | Сары шақшақай

Small Sorbulak lakes, Almaty region
© Vassiliy Fedorenko


The crown is as dark as in thunbergi and much darker than on beema. The upperparts are darker than on flava and beema. The majority of specimens have well-defined white supercilium; white on the chin is less than on other subspecies.


Breeds in Zaysan depression; Chiliktinskaya valley; and Irtysh valley up to Semipalatinsk. On Cokpak Pass recorded 17-23 April 1983; on Sorbulak lake 11-17 April 1981.


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

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