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Black-backed Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola calcarata (Hodgson, 1836)

Черноспинная желтоголовая трясогузка | Қараарқа шақшақай

Cosmos Station near Almaty
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Differs from other races by the black or blackish-grey mantle. Sometimes the black on the rear part of the back lacks the intensively and the color becomes blackish-grey.


Breeds in highlands of Northern and Central Tien Shan (Ketmen and Zailiyskiy Alatau ridges). It is common on breeding in Western Tien Shan (Uzbekistan) not far of Kazakhstan's boundary. On mid August 2003 in upper Maidantal river (Talasskiy Alatau) two broods recorded on altitude 2480-3100 m, and in upper reaches of Kaskasu river on 2600 m the nest was found 16 July of the same year. On migration occurs in foothills of Western Tien Shan at Chokpak Pass, on Sorbulak lake and in Kolshengel.


Gavrilov E. I., Gavrilov A. E. "The Birds of Kazakhstan". Almaty, 2005. "Птицы Казахстана" том 3. "Наука". Алма-Ата, 1970. Э.И.Гаврилов. "Фауна и распространение птиц Казахстана". Алматы, 1999. А.Ф.Ковшарь "Певчие птицы". Алма-Ата, "Кайнар", 1983.


relative taxons

Motacilla citreola
(Pallas, 1776)
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Motacilla citreola citreola
(Pallas, 1776)
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Motacilla citreola werae
(Buturlin, 1907)
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Motacilla citreola quassatrix
(Portenko, 1960)
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Motacilla citreola weigoldi
(Rensch, 1924)

other names

Himalayan Citrine Wagtail

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