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Yellow wagtail: Birds of Britain

Posted in Animals, Birds, Nature, Wildlife on Monday, 28 February 2011

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Dipper, Pied Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail (centre). The Royal Natural History, ed Richard Lydekker

Dipper, Pied Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail (centre). The Royal Natural History, ed Richard Lydekker

One of the most brightly coloured of British birds, this summer visitor has a yellow plumage which shows great variation in extent and brilliance. However, almost all birds found here are yellow-headed. At breeding time, any observer approaching even within 300 metres from the nest can scare away this wary little bird. During courtship, the male fluffs out its feathers while running around the female, or threatens rival cocks by stretching up its neck to show off its dazzling yellow plumage.

This edited article originally appeared in Look and Learn issue number 909 published on 23 June 1979. Click on a picture to find out more about licensing images for commercial or personal/educational use. We are also able to license textual material. Please contact us for details.

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