Birds of the southern taiga of western Siberia - song and habitat around Tomsk

Motacilla flava beema
- Yellow Wagtail - Желтая трясогузка - Gele Kwikstaart  -  Song

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Recorded on the 11th of May 2003 near Krivosheino village, Tomsk region (floodplain meadow; at 5721N, 8408E). Background species: Pica pica, Anthus trivialis.

Arrives after the thaw period. In Tomsk and its outskirts appears in early May.

Breeds in lowland areas on marshy grasslands, upland meadows, watershed bogs, fallow land. Common, locally abundant species, distributed over the whole region.

Sings little, and only during the short period after its arrival. From then on, only its calls (including alarm calls) can be heard.