Species Details

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Western Yellow Wagtail Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Anthus similis
Family : Motacillidae
Order : Passeriformes
Class : Aves
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Villages, Wetlands
Description : The Western Yellow Wagtail is a sleek, long tailed terrestrial bird with yellow underparts (length 17 cm, weight 15.4 g, wing 7.8 cm, bill 1.6 cm, tarsus 2.3 cm, tail 7.2 cm approximately). The male looks different from the female. In the breeding season the male has an olive-green back, brown wings with double yellowish bars, and a dark brown tail with white outer edges. Its head, nape and ear-covert are pale to dark slaty-grey with or without a pale supercilium. The underparts are bright yellow from the chin to undertail-coverts. The female and non-breeding males are variable but usually are brownish-olive above with pale wing bars, a cream supercilium and whitish below with a yellow wash. It feeds on insects including flies, bugs, beetles, caterpillars and weevils. It breeds in Siberia in June-July and nests on the ground among the roots of grass tussocks.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by:Sharmin Rahman,Department of Zoology, Jagannath University,Dhaka;information source: Encyclopedia of Flora and Fauna of Bangladesh, Vol-26, iucnredlist.org;photo credit: Nik Borrow(www.inaturalist.org/people/ Nik Borrow),photo shared from iNaturalist, photo copyright reserved according to iNaturalist rules;taxonomic checklist:P. M. Thompson and S. U. Chowdhury (2020). A checklist of birds of Bangladesh.Birds Bangladesh;bird song owner:Manuel Grosselet(www.xeno-canto.org/Manuel Grosselet), bird sound copyright reserved according to www.xeno-canto.org rules; more information, please contact us.