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Please help ID the wagtail, Jiangsu Province, China (1 Viewer)


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Please help ID the following:

1. Yellow Wagtail, Plexa?

2. Citrine Wagtail?



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I'd say the first is a yellow wagtail cinerocapella ssp. and the second is also a yellow wagtail with flavissima ssp.

Alexander Stöhr

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Not a confident answer, but one to alert others, so I can learn:
If I would see the second bird in Europe, I would identify it as a Citrine Wagtail.
I have seen only one female CWT before, but :
  • greyish upperparts with just slight olive wash
  • just visible nearly white undertailcoverts, contrasting with yellow belly
  • very weak dark loral area, quite pale central ear-coverts with complete pale sorrounding at rear produces an unusual head pattern for a flava Yellow Wagtail
  • extensive greyish overlay to the flanks
Qustion? Do female eastern YW look so different and more similar to Citrine?

lou salomon

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both look to be eastern Yellow Wagtails, note the greenish upperparts to the second bird. from diffuse memory, taivana has a similar look to the second one but without a research i wouldn't bet on it.
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Paul Leader

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I would agree with the original ID on both counts. The second is a pretty typical adult female Citrine Wagtail. In addition to the features already pointed out, the pale forecrown eliminates EYW. Taivava, as you probably know is a very different bird with typically solid ear coverts
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