Eastern Yellow Wagtail

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Eastern Yellow Wagtails males are bright yellow underneath and yellowish-green on the back. They have the characteristic bobbing up and down tails.

  • Motacilla tschutschensis
  • Length: 6.5 in (15 – 16 cm)
  • Weight: 0.62 oz


Eastern Yellow Wagtails are usually found in Asia, however they also breed in western Alaska.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Eastern Yellow Wagtails in scrubby tundra and marshes on the ground near water, where they hunt for insects.

Eastern Yellow Wagtail Song:


Nests of Eastern Yellow Wagtails are hidden under vegetation on the ground and made from grass, weeds, and moss. They lay around five eggs which take about twelve days to hatch and another twelve days for the young to leave the nest.