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Citrine Wagtail | Motacilla citreola

The Citrine Wagtail is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Motacillidae bird family group which includes birds such as Wagtails, Longclaws, Pipits.

The description for the Citrine Wagtail (Latin name Motacilla citreola) can be found in the 7th Edition of the Roberts Birds of Southern Africa. The Motacilla citreola can be quickly identified by its unique Roberts identification number of and the detailed description of this bird is on page 1094. You will find a picture of the Citrine Wagtail on page 1073.

NOTE: The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition*. This edition contained a number of taxonomic changes as well as changes to English names used traditionally and in earlier editions of most bird books in South Africa. The following paragraph notes such changes if any.

Neither the Latin nor the Engish name for this bird has been affected by recent nomenclature modifications ? these changes have been incorporated into Robert's 7th Edition where appropriate.

The Citrine Wagtail is Endemic to the Southern African Region which means that this bird is only found in this region and nowhere else in the world.

The Citrine Wagtail has a height of 17 cms and weighs around 20 gms. The head is coloured yellow while the bill is coloured black. The Motacilla citreola has a yellow coloured throat, black legs and a grey coloured back. The eyes are brown.

The male Motacilla citreola has physical features that are slightly different from the female bird.

Take note of the bird's main distinguishing features such as colour, size and leg length relative to the body size of the bird. Colours of a bird's body parts can be helpful. Be aware what may appear brown to one person is described in Roberts Birds using some other word ... for example brown, black. See colours used in Roberts.

Head is yellow

Eyes are brown

Bill is black

Legs are black

Throat is yellow

Back is grey

Feeding Habits ...

This bird forages for food on the ground

This bird has a specially adapted bill which helps it hunt for fish, crabs, shrimp and other aquatic animals in the water.

Breeding, Habitat and Nesting Habits ...

You can see the Citrine Wagtail bird on coastal regions and on the sea shore where the bird will be foraging with other birds

Seen in Flocks, Singles or Pairs Normally ...

It is also seen in flocks

The reference for the information following is "Roberts Birds of Southern Africa", 7th Edition * edited by PAR Hockey, WRJ Dean and PG Ryan, published by "The Trustees of the John Voelcker Bird Book Fund."

copyright: Tony Roocroft +27-11-454-0105

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