Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla citreola (Pallas, 1776) IZ CITWA 10180
Family: Passeriformes > Motacillidae

Citrine Wagtail, Yoav Perlman

Resembling a cross between a Yellow and White Wagtail, the frequency of records of this scarce visitor from Asia is increasing as its native range extends westwards.

Most records come from the autumn, August to October, but there are some spring records.

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1.8k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
1.8k records



Citrine Wagtail identification is often difficult.

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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Citrine Wagtail breeding distribution 2008-11
Britain and Ireland Breeding Distribution 2008-2011.
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Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Citrine Wagtail is a rare migrant with records of adults in mid-spring and mostly juveniles in early autumn.

Weekly occurence of Citrine Wagtail from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Citrine Wagtail, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Siglen Sitraidd
Catalan: cuereta citrina
Czech: konipas citronový
Danish: Citronvipstjert
Dutch: Citroenkwikstaart
Estonian: kuldhänilane
Finnish: sitruunavästäräkki
French: Bergeronnette citrine
German: Zitronenstelze
Hungarian: citrombillegeto
Icelandic: Mýrerla
Irish: Glasóg Chiotrónach
Italian: Cutrettola testagialla orientale
Latvian: citroncielava
Lithuanian: geltongalve kiele
Norwegian: Sitronerle
Polish: pliszka cytrynowa
Portuguese: alvéola-citrina
Slovak: trasochvost žltohlavý
Slovenian: citronasta pastirica
Spanish: Lavandera cetrina
Swedish: citronärla

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