About birds

A focus on - Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla flava flavissima
Yellow Wagtail. Photograph by Jill Pakenham
UK Conservation Status: red
Number In Britain: 15 thousand Territories (Summer)
Maximum recorded age: 7 years 1 months 14 days (Recorded in 1982)
Habitat: Damp meadows, marsh, riverbanks
Diet: Small invertebrates from ground or flycatching
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Drawing on data from a number of schemes including the Breeding Bird Survey, Nest Record Scheme and Ringing Scheme, this annual report reveals which species are decreasing in numbers, which are booming and how breeding succes is changing over time.

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Watch Bird ID Workshop Videos

Yellow Wagtail. Photograph by Paul Hillion

When is a yellow wagtail not a Yellow Wagtail? This video will help you separate Yellow Wagtail from Grey Wagtail and Pied Wagtail.

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