Scientific Name: Motacilla citreola
Malay Name: Pipit-Batu Kepala Kuning
Chinese Name: 黄头鹡鸰
Range: Widespread across breeding range from Europe to Asia, wintering range includes India and southeastern Asia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: citreola, calcarata.
Size: 16.5-20 cm
Identification: Compared to Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Grey Wagtail, key feature to look out for in non-breeding individuals is the supercilium wrapping around ear coverts and connecting to throat, creating the appearance of a distinct, isolated "cheek patch".
Similar looking species: Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Grey Wagtail
Habitat: Marshes, fields, and coastal habitats, prefers wet habitats.
Behaviour/Ecology: Similar to other wagtails, forages on ground and wags tail while moving. Can be spotted in flight with undulating flight.
Local Status: Vagrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Citrine Wagtail)
BirdLife International. (2019). Motacilla citreola. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T22718379A154492004.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Citrine Wagtail. Retrieved on May 31, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/citrine-wagtail.