Yellow Wagtail – Motacilla flava

This slim, elegant summer visitor can be spotted from late March to September. They can be found in central and eastern England, eastern Wales and southern Scotland, often in lowland grasslands amongst grazing cattle.


Adult: The adult Wagtail is distinguished by a yellow breast and face and a green-yellow back. Its long, bobbing tail is black and yellow with white edging.
Juvenile: Paler in colour, the juvenile Wagtail has a half collar marring from the base of the neck.
Size: 16–17cm.
Bill: Brown, short and thin.
Legs: Black, medium length.
Habitat: Inland freshwater sources, marshes and fields, especially those used for cattle grazing.
Behaviour: Walks, perches openly, takes off/lands on the ground.
Flocking: 1–15.
Flight: Undulating.
Voice: Loud see-ip and a disjointed warble.


Nest: Ground.
Eggs: 5–6. Grey-brown, speckled appearance.
Incubation period: 12–14 days.
Fledgeling: 17 days.
Broods: 1–2. May–June.
Food: Insects and seeds.
UK breeding pairs: 25,000.

Suggested feed

Countrywide Hi Energy Wild Bird Feed, Countrywide Sunflower Hearts

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