The citrine wagtail(Motacilla citreola) is a small songbird in the family Motacillidae. The term citrine refers to its yellowish colouration. Its systematics, phylogeny and taxonomy are subject of considerable debate in the early 21st century. This is because this bird forms a cryptic species complex with the eastern (M. tschutschensis ) and western yellow wagtail (M. flava). Which of the many taxa in this group should properly refer to which population is unlikely to be resolved in the immediate future.

Motacilla is the Latin name for the pied wagtail; although actually a diminutive of motare, " to move about", from medieval times it led to the misunderstanding of cilla as "tail". The specific citreola is Latin for "lemon yellow".

It is a slender, 15.5–17 cm long bird, with the long, constantly wagging tail characteristic of the genus Motacilla. The adult male in breeding plumage is basically grey or black above, with white on the remiges, and bright yellow below and on the entire head except for the black nape. In winter plumage, its yellow underparts may be diluted by white, and the head is brownish with a yellowish supercilium. Females look generally like washed-out versions of males in winter plumage.

This species breeds in north central Asia in wet meadows and tundra. It migrates in winter to south Asia, often to highland areas. Its range is expanding westwards, and it is a rare but increasing vagrant to western Europe. Vagrants seem to extend the migration rather than straying en route; in Bhutan for example, though along one of the species' migration flyways, the citrine wagtail has been recorded as an extremely rare passer-by rather than staying even for a few days or weeks.

It is an insectivorous bird of open country near water, such as wet meadows and bogs, and nests on the ground, laying 4–5 speckled eggs.



Citrine Wagtail
Date Location Count
2021-02-27 06:37Kfar Menachem Sewage==ביוב כפר מנחם1
2021-03-01 11:38Ma'agan Michael Fishponds בריכות מעגן מיכאל2
2021-02-27 05:59Ma'agan Michael fishponds & beach (general) מעגן מיכאל בריכות וחוף (כללי)4
2021-03-05 07:24Ma'ayan Tzvi Fish Ponds בריכות מעיין צבי5
2021-02-21 06:36Agmon Hefer אגמון חפר1
2021-03-04 06:21Gan Shmuel fishponds בריכות דגים גן שמואל1
2021-03-07 15:04Hama'apil Fishponds בריכות המעפיל2
2021-03-06 15:50Ein Hamifratz Fishponds בריכות עין המפרץ1
2021-03-05 08:26Kfar HaMaccabi WTP == מט"ש כפר המכבי1
2021-02-11 07:10Eilat Canal - by north beach תעלת הביוב אילת מצפון לחוף הצפוני1
2021-02-20 10:00Tel Yosef fishponds בריכות דגים תל יוסף1
2021-02-12 16:38Bit Alfa Fish Ponds==בריכות דגים בית אלפא1
2021-02-28 11:32Bar'am fishponds מדגה ברעם2
2021-02-19 07:38Tirat Zvi fish ponds בריכות טירת צבי1
2021-02-22 06:56Neve Ur Fishponds בריכות נווה אור1
2021-03-02 11:27Kfar Ruppin fishponds בריכות כפר רופין3
2021-02-16 07:54Amik Baraj Gölü2
2021-02-21 10:14Elifoğlu1
2021-02-27 15:50Ataye Wetlands1
2021-02-26 09:00Meyghan Marsh1
2021-02-26 09:43Salhiya Intermittent Wetlands2
2021-02-17 09:50Qanbarabad--General Area3
2021-02-17 08:21Qanbarabad Reservoir قنبراباد مخزن اب1
2021-02-15 10:00Mushrif Palace Gardens1
2021-02-26 07:00Saadiyat Beach Golf Club (restricted access)5
2021-02-25 07:50Yas Island--Hypocolius viewpoint1
2021-03-06 17:10Al Wathba Wetland Reserve5
2021-03-06 15:30Mafraq Water Treatment Plant10
2021-03-03 07:19Al Maha Forest--southern desert lakes1
2021-03-05 06:40Al Maha Forest--Pivot Fields (no access)1
2021-02-25 12:21Al Warsan Lakes1
2021-02-25 07:00Al-Zora Golf Club4
2021-03-05 07:09Ajman Water Treatment Plant1
2021-02-16 13:15Al Saad Farms 5 (E16 northwest)1
2021-03-04 07:00Siah al-Miyah (no access)3
2021-02-26 06:45Zakher Lake4
2021-02-27 17:38Ain al-Fayda1
2021-02-19 07:56Al Ain Cement factory quarries1
2021-03-07 06:30Private estate near Green Mubazzarah8
2021-02-28 17:24Al Foah Wheat Farm1
2021-02-13 14:20Clifton Beach1
2021-02-21 07:31Deh Thano, Mallir1
2021-02-27 12:00Madina Mill20
2021-03-07 14:20Haleji Lake
2021-02-06 22:59Langh Lake5
2021-03-03 09:19Душанбе--пули Карамов болои дарёи Варзоб (Dushanbe--Karamov Bridge over Varzob River)2
2021-02-10 09:00Banni grassland2
2021-02-23 09:00Chhatardi Lake3
2021-02-13 07:15Mokarsagar Wetland Complex1
2021-02-25 07:15Sasoi Dam2
2021-02-07 11:04Vibhapar2
2021-02-07 08:00Ranjitsagar Dam2
2021-02-15 07:25Gadisar Lake2
2021-02-28 07:40Baghi swamps1
2021-02-28 07:07Garida Dam1
2021-02-23 07:00Khodiyar Dam2
2021-02-23 04:30Thordi Lake1
2021-02-21 07:34Little Rann of Kachchh--Koddha1
2021-03-07 07:28Kallar Kahar Lake16
2021-02-15 15:30Vadala Dam2
2021-02-21 07:35Nalsarovar Outskirts--Shahpur2
2021-03-07 08:00Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary18
2021-02-16 10:31Nikol Bandhara2
2021-02-12 17:01Nalsarovar--Boating Point3
2021-02-27 16:01Nalsarovar--Flamingo Sankul2
2021-02-15 10:45Nalsarovar Outskirts--Aniyali1
2021-02-08 12:10Wetland in Velavadar NP1
2021-02-21 08:00Shah Allah Ditta Caves1
2021-02-20 13:37Bhogawo River near Fedara1
2021-02-26 16:45Avaniya Lake3
2021-03-06 09:51Murree Road Creek1
2021-02-27 11:45Lake View Park3
2021-03-06 08:13Rawal Lake--East20
2021-02-14 08:00Avaniya Thorny Forest1
2021-03-06 10:00Thol Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-14 14:24Rancharda Lake1
2021-02-28 11:12Tarakpur Dam6
2021-02-13 07:30Sabarmati Riverfront--Vasna Barage B15
2021-02-14 15:30Juni Akhol4
2021-02-25 16:56Indroda Nature Park1
2021-02-13 14:49Sant Sarovar4
2021-02-21 17:41Pariyej Lake extantion15
2021-02-23 08:26RD507 (Wetlands)1
2021-02-23 08:18Mahi Check Dam at Sindhrot1
2021-02-13 07:11Viva wetlands, Virar1
2021-02-26 16:00Umela swamps, Vasai1
2021-02-14 10:40Timbi Lake3
2021-03-01 07:30Bhopar grasslands, Thane1
2021-02-13 10:20Sector 28, Kharghar1
2021-02-08 16:00Gandhari Forest Land1
2021-02-07 08:30Matheran1
2021-02-15 08:05Jourian Akhnoor2
2021-02-12 14:30Manasbal Lake2
2021-02-15 14:19Hokersar Wetland1
2021-02-07 07:56Menar Lake2
2021-02-12 12:07Shallabugh Wetland Reserve2
2021-02-15 16:10Gharana, RS Pura2
2021-03-04 09:30Gangapur Forest Nursery, Nashik1
2021-03-01 08:30Srinagar2
2021-02-23 12:28Dal Lake2
2021-02-14 11:00Brain Nishat Srinagar2
2021-02-15 08:03Pathardi Nashik annex - II1
2021-02-27 07:28Pathardi, Nashik Annex - I2
2021-02-23 06:55Aundh military camp1
2021-02-28 07:30Ottu Lake, Sirsa, IN/HR4
2021-03-06 17:45Nandur Madhyameshwar Bird Sanctuary1
2021-03-03 13:02Jhal Thikriwala2
2021-03-03 12:44Jhal Thikriwala- Punjab2
2021-02-15 10:00Sambhar Lake--South
2021-02-13 06:40Sambhar Lake2
2021-02-21 08:14Beas river Hargobindpur6
2021-02-06 08:57Khaira Bet2
2021-02-07 10:09Punjab Agricultural University3
2021-02-12 07:15Kapurwadi lake1
2021-02-10 14:00Balya Maruti Temple lake3
2021-03-06 07:38Bhigwan -- Kumbhargaon Bird Sanctuary1
2021-02-13 14:49Mattewara Forest9
2021-02-14 13:56Gandhisagar Sanctuary4
2021-02-12 09:51Pong Dam--Nagrota Surian2
2021-02-14 16:30Miraj canal3
2021-02-15 07:00Jaipur--Floating Palace1
2021-02-14 07:13Gandhisagar WLS--Sawant Kothadi2
2021-02-07 07:30Kishanpura (Machal) Wetland, Indore2
2021-02-07 08:07machal2
2021-02-24 10:30Lake View2
2021-02-20 11:30Sirpur Tank2
2021-03-01 07:00Sirpur Lake1
2021-02-07 11:15Ambajhar Mandir Hill--Patal Pani1
2021-02-21 11:31Rupnagar3
2021-02-20 09:30Bhindawas Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-14 08:30Siswan Dam8
2021-02-21 10:06Siswan Lake1
2021-02-17 09:15Sukhna Migratory bird watching point4
2021-02-09 11:00Suketri, Chandigarh2
2021-02-18 16:34Nepli Reserved Forest1
2021-03-01 07:00Thappli Nature Park, Panchkula, Hr-IN1
2021-03-02 14:00Mandothi24
2021-02-21 12:12Mundakhera Flat -- Jhajjar1
2021-02-13 08:00Dargah e Hakimi3
2021-02-21 16:30Sultanpur Flats12
2021-02-28 08:15Budhera WTP, Gurgaon2
2021-02-21 08:30Chandu Najafgarh drain area Hr/IN5
2021-02-14 12:18National Brain Research Centre Manesar IN-HR1
2021-02-21 09:00Najafgarh Jheel Area
2021-02-28 08:30Basai Wetland4
2021-03-05 08:15Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University7
2021-03-04 11:00Bhondsi Nature Park1
2021-02-21 07:32Neela hauz Vasantkunj IN/DL1
2021-03-07 07:22Sanjay Van1
2021-02-14 10:00Yamuna Biodiversity Park phase 2 IN-DL3
2021-02-21 08:00Yamuna Khadar, Wazirabad3
2021-02-21 02:30Bhatti Mines3
2021-02-19 08:09Yamuna Khadar,Geeta Colony IN/DL3
2021-03-07 09:55Okhla Bird Sanctuary4
2021-02-13 02:10Okhla Barrage2
2021-02-21 07:53Mukundraj Valley Ambajogai5
2021-02-21 06:31Surajpur Wetlands
2021-02-21 10:05Asan Conservation Reserve1
2021-03-01 17:44Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP1
2021-02-21 07:00Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP--Sapan Mori2
2021-02-27 08:30Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East3
2021-02-21 15:11Dhanauri Wetlands1
2021-03-07 07:07Van Vihar NP1
2021-02-12 08:41Between WII and Sal Patch, Dehradun1
2021-02-14 15:34Wildlife Institute of India Campus1
2021-02-14 07:45Forest Research Institute (FRI), New Forest Campus1
2021-02-28 07:43Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary4
2021-02-14 13:22Haiderpur Wetlands -- Madhya Ganga Canal Trail6
2021-02-14 14:00Halali Dam2
2021-02-26 08:00Haiderpur Wetlands and Bijnor Barrage1
2021-02-06 08:24Song Bridge, Raipur1
2021-02-20 15:53National Chambal Sanctuary--Dhaulpur (RJ side)
2021-03-04 07:17Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve9
2021-02-27 08:55Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)1
2021-02-06 09:15Patna Pakshi Vihar (Pundhir Bird sanctuary) Etah1
2021-02-13 16:45Arasanakere ಅರಸನಕೆರೆ2
2021-03-03 14:37Satpura Tiger Reserve -- Parsapani Range1
2021-02-12 07:50Mysore City Bird Atlas 30A, Lingambudhi kere ಲಿಂಗಾಂಬುಧಿ1
2021-02-18 17:00Indraprastha ಇಂದ್ರಪ್ರಸ್ಥ1
2021-02-14 08:04Karanji Kere ಕಾರಂಜಿ ಕೆರೆ2
2021-02-22 16:02Satpura Tiger Reserve--Sonbhadra Confluence1
2021-02-10 07:00Corbett NP--Dhikala
2021-02-21 06:45Karhal Bypass Road, Karhal3
2021-02-12 11:30Koshi River -- Girija Devi Temple2
2021-02-12 07:00Manila
2021-02-21 06:00Baur Reservoir, Haldwani1
2021-02-26 07:30Ameenpur Lake, Hyderabad
2021-03-07 06:30Nehru Zoological Park1
2021-02-21 14:30Padariya5
2021-02-07 09:00Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur1
2021-02-12 16:00Karisal Kulam Tank2
2021-02-28 07:30Dudhwa NP -- Jhaadi Taal, Kishanpur WLS (Route # 3)1
2021-03-06 06:31Dudhwa NP -- General Area2
2021-02-16 07:00Ghodaghodi Lake and Important Bird Area1
2021-02-28 13:30Malookpur Wetland1
2021-03-01 15:00Kiliyur Tank4
2021-02-20 07:00Gomti Riverfront Park1
2021-02-21 07:30Hulas Khera Archaeological Excavation Site
2021-02-19 07:30Kanha NP--Mukki Zone1
2021-02-07 07:06Kavuluru Cheruvu (Lake)1
2021-03-07 06:33Vemavaram lake trail (behind hill)4
2021-02-13 11:00Prakasam Barrage,Vijayawada2
2021-02-21 10:59Hasthinapuram Lake5
2021-02-12 07:37Hasthinapuram Lake Road (ஹஸ்தினாபுரம் ஏரி சாலை)1
2021-02-13 06:45Perumbakkam Lake2
2021-02-14 07:20Ram Nagar Swamps, Madipakkam4
2021-02-28 16:00Pallikaranai Marsh--NIOT end1
2021-03-06 12:54Pallikaranai Marsh (பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்பு நிலம்)1
2021-02-23 07:30Pallikaranai Marsh--Midlands பள்ளிக்கரணை சதுப்புநிலம்-- நடுப்பகுதி
2021-03-06 06:30Pallikaranai Marsh--Karapakkam2
2021-03-06 06:10Pallikaranai Marshland (South)2
2021-02-20 08:01Sholinganallur/Perumbakkam Marshlands1
2021-02-27 13:01Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras4
2021-02-13 07:37WRS Colony, Raipur4
2021-02-10 07:35IIT Raipur2
2021-02-27 07:30Swami Vivekananda Airport, Raipur1
2021-02-07 09:00Kolleru Bird Sanctuary2
2021-02-18 10:30Wetland opposite Coromandel fertilizers1
2021-02-21 09:35Meghadrigedda Reservoir1
2021-02-21 06:36Meghadrigedda downstream channel (Behind Airport)1
2021-02-18 10:41Chitwan National Park - Headquarters2
2021-02-27 17:28National Institute of Technology (NIT Patna) Gulzarbagh,2
2021-03-05 17:13Chilika Lake--Mangalajodi2
2021-03-06 10:21Mangalajodi Wetlands
2021-02-14 10:00TNB College, Bhagalpur1
2021-02-13 21:29Jagatpur Lake, Bhagalpur1
2021-02-14 13:32Durgapur Barrage7
2021-02-15 15:45Gogabil Pakshi Vihar (IBA) -- Jangli Tal2
2021-02-07 07:09Farakka IBA Panchanandapur4
2021-03-01 13:17Bara Sagardighi Fish Farm1
2021-02-13 14:43Sagardighi Ash Pond1
2021-02-21 06:38Mahananda WLS--Sukna Forest DG1
2021-03-05 10:14Bakor Ali / Bakharali (Chapai Nawabganj)1
2021-02-14 11:54Fulbari Grassland12
2021-02-08 07:19Gajoldoba Barrage JG1
2021-02-19 10:00Purbasthali Bird Sanctuary PUB4
2021-02-13 07:33Joka Chotokachari6
2021-02-11 12:50Santragachi Jheel (Lake)1
2021-02-13 09:00Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata2
2021-02-28 08:15Altara Math - Mankundu - Hooghly1
2021-02-20 07:24Boshipota20
2021-02-14 07:13Baidyabati DVC Canal1
2021-02-28 06:33Nabagram 1 no. ground35
2021-02-16 15:17Bally Khal2
2021-02-14 08:00Frazergunj1
2021-02-09 14:30Bhatikhana wetlands JG5
2021-02-27 10:00Teesta Spar JG2
2021-03-06 07:06Baruipur Marshes2
2021-02-21 15:01Simla Park (Rajshahi)20
2021-02-14 08:11Central Park (Banabitan), Kolkata1
2021-02-12 14:45Nalban Bheri1
2021-02-12 16:18Mallikpur Dakshin Hindupara1
2021-02-19 07:09Rajshahi University Campus (Rajshahi)1
2021-02-13 06:42Munia Zone (Rajarhat)1
2021-03-03 07:11Padma River & Chars (Rajshahi)3
2021-02-13 07:32Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata1
2021-02-14 14:57Jaguli grassland1
2021-02-06 19:55Kharibari10
2021-02-11 08:30Sundarbans--Karamjal1
2021-02-11 08:00Sundarbans--Kotka5
2021-02-11 13:11Bodoland University Campus1
2021-02-14 16:00Basugaon1
2021-02-21 07:13New Vision Eco City (Dhaka)4
2021-02-26 06:33Purbachal - Turag River (Dhaka)2
2021-02-17 06:28Manas NP--Mathanguri1
2021-02-14 06:00Manas NP--Bhuyanpara Range Office2
2021-02-20 06:00Manas NP--Bhuyanpara (Eastern Range)3
2021-03-05 11:22Dora Beel (Wetland)2
2021-03-02 14:10Deepor Beel Bird Sanctuary35
2021-02-26 15:10Deepor beel3
2021-03-06 06:47Guwahati Waste Disposal4
2021-02-24 10:33The River Land14
2021-02-07 08:20Amchang WLS1
2021-02-20 08:30Pobitora WLS5
2021-02-14 09:05Orang National Park4
2021-02-12 07:30Tezpur University Campus1
2021-03-07 14:20Lake Brahmputra near Kolia Bhomora Setu Bridge5
2021-03-04 06:25Kaziranga NP--Western Range1
2021-02-13 07:28Kaziranga West Zone, Assam, IN (26.583, 93.291)1
2021-02-12 17:38Kaziranga NP--Western & Central Ranges2
2021-02-14 14:13Kaziranga NP--Kohora Range3
2021-02-22 13:32Agaratoli range of Kaziranga National Park1
2021-03-07 07:26Kaziranga East Zone, Assam, IN (26.664, 93.566)1
2021-02-14 08:47Kaziranga NP--Agoratoli Range Headquarters6
2021-02-26 14:50Maguri Grassland8
2021-02-13 14:20Maguri Beel
2021-02-11 15:14Yingjiang--Daying River (大盈江)1
2021-03-05 06:36Mae Ai paddies1
2021-02-19 11:32剑湖湿地 (Jianhu Wetlands)1
2021-03-04 16:13Tha Ton--water tower vicinity1
2021-03-06 08:40Wat Pa Yang Tok vicinity25
2021-03-03 09:00Nong Cham2
2021-03-01 08:27Mae Salit granite quarry ponds complex2
2021-02-21 09:48Ban Khlong Huai Sai1
2021-02-14 15:59Khlong Da Baek Reservoir1
2021-02-10 14:30洱海月湿地公园 (Er'hai Moon Lake Park)2
2021-02-14 07:56Nam Kham Nature Reserve1
2021-02-14 11:42Sukhothai Airport1
2021-02-25 13:02Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area--Waterbird Park1
2021-02-25 12:56Bueng Boraphet Non-hunting Area (general area)1
2021-02-18 09:12Rim ricefields4
2021-03-06 08:29Ban Hat Kanxa (lake & fields)1
2021-02-16 06:30Ban Pha Pong Wetland1
2021-02-17 10:00屏東--萬丹萬新吊橋(Pingtung--Wandan Wanxin Suspension Bridge)1
2021-02-15 15:49桃園--大園沙崙(Taoyuan--Dayuan Shalun)1
2021-02-21 13:50滴水湖 (Dishuihu Lake)1