Citrine Wagtail

The Citrine Wagtail is a small songbird and a winter visitor in Gujarat. The yellow plumage gives its name the word “Citrine” while the name “wagtail” refers to the habit of wagging its tail constantly. It is an insectivorous bird of open country and can be found near water edges. Typically, it walks along the water’s edge, picking prey off the low vegetation, but it may also wade into shallow water to consume insects floating on the water surface. The Citrine Wagtail is often confused with Western Yellow Wagtail as both look identical, but Citrine Wagtail is marginally plumper, with slightly longer tail and legs and a stronger bill.

Gujarati Name

પીતશિર પીળકિયો

Scientific Name

Motacilla citreola

Scientific Family


Status in Gujarat

Winter Visitor

IUCN Status

Least Concern

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