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Yellow Wagtail (Juvenile)

Motacilla flava

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ChimeTsetan 7 years ago

Thanks Sachin, Malcolm and Liam for the id discussion. :) much appreciated. sorry i didn't have any observations, other than it running around the grass fields near to lake.

This is a juvenile Yellow Wagtail according to Birdforum and it does have a supercilium. There are nine different subspecies in India, all different. I agree that Minivets are usually seen in the canopy but they do forage on the ground at times, especially in areas where there are no trees, by lakesides when they go for a drink.

Liam 7 years ago

I have to agree with Sachin. Juvenile Yellow Wagtails do not show the supercilium, and personally I think the head matches perfectly. Minivets are tree-loving birds, usually sticking to the canopy. One found foraging on the ground would be almost unheard.
I think Sachin nailed it with juvie Yellow Wagtail:

I disagree, wagtails all have eyestripes and the head shape is wrong.

This is a Minivet but we are still looking for correct species.

It is a juvenile, probably female and either Long-tailed or Scarlet Minivet, my opinion is the latter.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 7 years ago

chimetsetan it seems to be Juvenile Yellow Wagtail.

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Hubballi, Goa, India

Lat: 14.96, Long: 75.03

Spotted on Feb 6, 2012
Submitted on Feb 6, 2012

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