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yellow Wagtail id (1 Viewer)

lior kislev

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This yellow Wagtail shot were taken in south Israel in 01-05-08.Is it just a pale "Beema" or could it be a "Leucocephala".



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Hi Lior.

Tricky this one, and as being such a rare bird in the area, some would be very difficult to separate from pale beema. Also variability in head pattern, makes leucocephala subject to other speculations, for intance partly albinistic individuals of other Yellow Wagtail ssp or certain intergrades like flava flavissima or other possible candidates. Perhaps one of the most reliable character regarding separation from pale beema would be the lack of a prominent dark lore and upper border of the ear-coverts, which in true (?) leucocephala is concolorous with rest of the head. The long supercilium of your bird speaks also for beema but can apparently also be similar in some leucocephala.

Check the suggested leucocephala here:


Also check the suggesed one here, which looks like a female and therefore perhaps not safely separable from beema.


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