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Turkestan Black-headed Wagtail

Motacilla flava melanogrisea


This race is similar to a yellow wagtail except the jet black cap. It is a slender bird, with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. It is the shortest tailed of the European wagtails. The breeding adult male is basically olive above and yellow below. In other plumages, the yellow may be diluted by white. The heads of breeding males come in a variety of colours and patterns depending on subspecies. This insectivorous bird inhabits open country near water, such as wet meadows-Wikipedia.


Although Wikipedia states: Winter: Pakistan and NW India to W Nepal, possibly also NE Africa. I have seen it on a western coast near a partly dried lake.

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Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Sachin!

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 8 years ago


Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thank you Vipin and Atul.

Atul 8 years ago


vipin.baliga 8 years ago

Such a beautiful bird... :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thanks Karen :-)

KMills 8 years ago

this little fellow is very sweet, I like it a lot :-)

Wild Things
Wild Things 8 years ago

Thank you Yogesh. Added another one.

YogeshSave 8 years ago

Wow! beautiful picts...

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Feb 26, 2012

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