Yellow Wagtail - Motacilla flava


This greeny yellow bird is unmistakeable, particularly as it wags its tail when on the ground.

Identification difficulty

It favours grassland fields, particularly where cattle are grazing.

When to see it

Summer - April to September

Life History

It eats small insects which it chases down whilst running on the ground. It migrates to Africa for the winter.

UK Status

Fairly common in much of England except the south west, less common in the rest of Britain.

VC55 Status

It is fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland, with more being seen in spring and autumn when migration is underway.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map