March 11, 2015 – Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava)

Requested by: derbytup

Found in a variety of grassy areas in Europe, Africa, Asia, northern Australia, and Alaska, these migratory birds spend much of their time on the ground. There are many subspecies across their large range, varying most visibly in the males’ head patterning. They eat invertebrates, catching them in the air or plucking them from the ground or water. Monogamous pairs incubate eggs and care for chicks in a grassy cup nest built by the female. At night, Yellow Wagtails tend to roost in large flocks.