Scientific Name: Motacilla tschutschensis
Malay Name: Pipit-Batu Zaitun Timur
Chinese Name: 黄鹡鸰
Range: Breeding range includes northeastern China, eastern Russia, Alaska. Wintering range includes most of Southeast Asia and includes Australia.
Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: plexa, tschutschensis, macronyx, taivana.
Size: 17 cm
Identification: Amount of yellow on underparts variable, in non-breeding plumage generally has whitish underparts with greyish-brown upperparts. Individuals in breeding plumage observed in Singapore have grey cap and nape with all yellow throat and underparts. Compared to Grey Wagtail in non-breeding plumage, has dark legs, more olive or brownish mantle and lacks yellow rump.
Habitat: Variety of open habitats with grass cover, has preference for moist or 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: Uncommon migrant
Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2019)
Location: Recorded across many locations in Singapore, including Lim Chu Kang, Lorong Halus, Yishun.
Migrant bar chart (see more bar charts):
Eastern Yellow Wagtail Motacilla tschutschensis Estimated average number of individuals by week based on eBird data, Jul 2013 to Jun 2023
BirdLife International. (2019). Motacilla tschutschensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2019-3.RLTS.T103822471A154735918.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Bird Society of Singapore. (n.d.). Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Retrieved on November 21, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/eastern-yellow-wagtail.