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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Yellow Wagtail

 

 

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Yellow Wagtail

(Blue-headed Wagtail, Yellow Wag, Yellow Waggy)

Gaelic: Breacan Buidhe

 

  • Yellow Wagtail (Blue-headed Wagtail, Yellow Wag, Yellow Waggy)
  • Motacilla flava
  • Gaelic: Breacan Buidhe
  • UK: Migrant Breeder, Passage Visitor (April - October)
  • UK: AMBER LIST, UK 19,000 pairs (Summer) BTO
  • WI: Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
    One breeding record St Kilda 1998
  • Breeds: Europe (Bred St Kilda (1998) Asia, North Africa, Alaska,
  • Winters: South Africa, North Australia
  • Habitat: Open land near water: Damp meadows, arable farmland, estuaries, along streams, marsh, riverbanks
  • Diet: Insects: From ground or in flight, (often around livestock) walks & runs across ground & constantly wags its tail
  • Small, graceful yellow & green bird, medium-length tail, slender black legs. Breeding adult male olive above & yellow below. (Their head colour varies according to subspecies). Other plumages yellow is whiter.
  • Listen to Yellow Wagtail (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Grey wagtail, Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail (European - spring & summer) Citrine Wagtail (very rare)

 

 

Yellow Wagtail records in the Western Isles

Scarce passage visitor (very small numbers recorded in most years)
One breeding record St Kilda 1998

Nominate race M.f.flava is most one which most frequently occurs here. (M.f. thunbergi, & M.f.flavissma also have been recorded )
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)

 

The chart below shows how abundant the Yellow Wagtail is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

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