Taxon profile


Western Yellow Wagtail
Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758

kingdom Animalia - animals »  phylum Chordata - chordates »  class Aves - birds »  order Passeriformes - perching birds »  family Motacillidae - wagtails and pipits »  genus Motacilla

Scientific synonyms

Budytes flavus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Least Concern


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Included taxa

Number of records: 18

subspecies Motacilla flava angarensis (Sushkin, 1925)
subspecies Motacilla flava beema (Sykes, 1832)
subspecies Motacilla flava cinereocapilla Savi, 1831
subspecies Motacilla flava feldegg Michahelles, 1830

Motacilla flava feldegg

subspecies Motacilla flava flava Linnaeus, 1758 - Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava flava - Yellow Wagtail

subspecies Motacilla flava flavissima (Blyth, 1834)
subspecies Motacilla flava iberiae Hartert, 1921
subspecies Motacilla flava leucocephala (Przevalski, 1887)
subspecies Motacilla flava lutea (S.G. Gmelin, 1774)

Motacilla flava lutea

subspecies Motacilla flava macronyx (Stresemann, 1920)
subspecies Motacilla flava melanogrisea (Homeyer, 1878)
subspecies Motacilla flava plexa (Thayer & Bangs, 1914)
subspecies Motacilla flava pygmaea (A. E. Brehm, 1854)
subspecies Motacilla flava simillima Hartert, 1905
subspecies Motacilla flava taivana (Swinhoe, 1863)
subspecies Motacilla flava thunbergi Billberg, 1828

Motacilla flava thunbergi

subspecies Motacilla flava tschutschensis J. F. Gmelin, 1789 - Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Links and literature

EN Australian Faunal Directory [80f36a7e-fb79-444f-8662-10335ced8ad6]

ABRS (2009-2015): Australian Faunal Directory [], Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra [as Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 31 January 2015
EN Bird Life 5.1 [8411]

Bird Life [] [as Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 26 April 2013
EN Fauna Europaea 2.4 [97424]

de Jong, Y.S.D.M. (ed.): Fauna Europaea [] [as Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 9 March 2012
EN Gill F. & Donsker D.: IOC World Bird List 7.3 [] [as Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758]
Data retrieved on: 16 November 2017
CZ Hudec K. et al. (2003): Soustava a české názvosloví ptáků světa, Muzeum Komenského v Přerově. 462 pp. [as Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758]
CZ Hudec K. (2012): Slovník historických českých názvů ptáků [], Česká společnost ornitologická [as Motacilla flava]
EN Crochet P.-A., Joynt G.: AERC list of Western Palearctic birds December 2012 [] [as Motacilla flava]
Data retrieved on: 26 April 2013
EN Clements, J. F.: eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world 6.7 [], Cornell Lab of Ornithology [as Motacilla flava]
Data retrieved on: 7 April 2013
ES Lilleleht V. , Lõhmus A. (1997): Scientific, Estonian and English names of birds of Europe [] [as Motacilla flava]
Data retrieved on: 11 July 2010

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