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Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail;

Motacilla flava flava


I thought this was a Spanish Yellow Wagtail at first but on checking the photographs the upper back shows yellow/green and not grey so it is the migrant version and not the resident. Both are sub-species of the Yellow Wagtail, sometimes known as the Western Yellow Wagtail.


Coastal marshes

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Thank you Susan. These are not strictly or normally coastal birds but I saw them in the coastal marshes, hence that is what goes in the habitat field ( it is meant to say "habitat where you saw the organism" or similar, that is scheduled for a future update. This is in order to track changes in habitat, possibly brought about by human intervention or influence.
In this case the reason they (there were several of them) were in the marshes is because the marshes are under the migration flightpath and they stopped for food and rest. They are currently migrating from Africa to southern France and central Europe.
Their normal habitat is wet fields and pastures with livestock.

SusanEllison 12 years ago

wow what brillant colors for coastal birds!

Valencia, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain

Spotted on Apr 8, 2012
Submitted on Apr 11, 2012

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