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Yellow Wagtail  (Motacilla flava iberiae) Alvéola amarela | by Crotach
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Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava iberiae) Alvéola amarela

The smallest and most compact of west Palearctic wagtails with bewilderingly complex systematics and forms/races. Previously there were two large colonies in Ireland (Killala & Belfast) but these were extinct by 1941. Occasional breeding has occurred since, usually on East Coast at Kilcoole and in the 1980s in Rogerstown, Co Dublin; generally in potato fields.

 

This one was photographed in Santa Luzia, nr Tavira, in Portugal and is of the Iberian race.

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Taken on April 6, 2010