Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Palau)

Motacilla tschutschensis simillima

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

Code 4

EYWA

Code 6

MOTTSC

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eastern Yellow Wagtail currently has a rating of Least Concern. This bird primarily breeds in temperate regions of Asia and Europe. It is also sometimes seen in Alaska. At this time there is no evidence which would suggest that the population of the Eastern Yellow Wagtail has declined over previous generations, which is the standard for higher ratings beyond Least Concern. The population of the Eastern Yellow Wagtail appears to be stable and the range of this bird species is sufficient enough for no current concern regarding possible danger in the near future.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Palau): Small wagtail (tschutschensis), with olive-green upperparts and yellow underparts with brown spots on sides of breast. Throat is white with faint brown necklace. Gray head has black ear patches and distinct white eyebrows. Wings are dark with two white bars. Tail is very long, black with white edges and wags constantly. Sexes are similar. Juvenile has buff underparts.

 

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Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Palau) SONGS AND CALLS

Eastern Yellow Wagtail A1

Song is a short trill or 2-3 twittered, high-pitched notes.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail U1

Flight call is a repeated "seet".

Similar Sounding

Gray Wagtail H1

Call is a harsh "chink, chink".

White Wagtail P2

Alarm call is a high-pitched, repeated "tsi".


Voice Text

"seet", "pee-weet", "tsweep", "chip-chip-chip"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of wagtails is collectively known as a "volery" of wagtails.
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtails were first described by German naturalist J.F. Gmelin in 1789.
  • The genus name, Motacilla, means "moving tail.
  • The phylogeny of this species is highly confusing, leading to dozens of possible subspecies being described over time.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP PALAU

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This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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