Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla tschutschensis

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: Small wagtail (tschutschensis), olive-green upperparts, yellow underparts with brown spots on sides of breast. White throat with faint brown necklace. Gray head has black ear patches, white eyebrows. Dark wings with two white bars. Black tail with white edges.

 

Range and Habitat

Eastern Yellow Wagtail: This species breeds across temperate regions of Asia and in northern and western Alaska, extreme northwestern Canada, and Aleutian archipelago. They spend winters across southern Eurasia south to Australia. Their preferred habitats include wet meadows, riverbanks, and lakeshores.

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Eastern Yellow Wagtail SONGS AND CALLS

Eastern Yellow Wagtail A1

Song is a high-pitched "tzee-zee-zee".

Eastern Yellow Wagtail E1

"Tseet" and "tsee-tsee" calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"pee-weet, pee-weet", "tsweep", "ijit-jijit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eastern Yellow Wagtail has been identified as the wild bird most likely to carry the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian flu from Asia to Alaska.
  • It overwinters in the epicenter of Asian H5N1 outbreaks in southeast Asia and Indonesia where it uses open areas with water, is often associated with agriculture and domestic animals, and congregates into flocks of thousands of birds at evening roosts.
  • They are thus likely to become infected with Asian H5N1 through direct contact with both wild and domestic birds in Asia and carry it to Alaska where an estimated 1,400,000 individuals of the species breeds.
  • A group of wagtails are collectively known as a "flock" of wagtails.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Michael Oberhofer

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