Motacilla flava

Motacilla flava flava (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Passeroidea
Familia: Motacillidae
Genus: Motacilla
Species: Motacilla flava
Subspecies: A. f. angarensis - A. f. cinereocapilla - A. f. feldegg - A. f. flava - A. f. flavissima - A. f. iberiae - A. f. leucocephala - A. f. lutea - A. f. macronyx - A. f. melanogrisea - A. f. plexa - A. f. pygmaea - A. f. simillima - A. f. taivana - A. f. thunbergi - A. f. zaissanensis


Motacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758


* Motacilla luteola Pallas
* Motacilla morealis


* Original Citation: Syst. Nat. ed.10 p.185
* Alstrom, P., K. Mild, and B. Zetterstrom, 2003. Pipits and Wagtails of Europe, Asia and North America. Christopher Helm/A and C Black, London.
* Pavlova, A., R. M. Zink, S. V. Drovetski, Y. Red'kin, and S. Rohwer, 2003. Phylogeographic patterns in Motacilla flava and Motacilla citreola: Species limits and population history. The Auk, July, 2003.

Vernacular names
Ελληνικά : Κιτρινοσουσουράδα
English: Yellow Wagtail
Polski: Pliszka żółta
中文: 黃鶺鴒

This is a fairly broad view of M. flava, although some authors make M. tschutschensis a further ssp.

The mitochondrial DNA studies of Pavlova et al. suggest three species, distinguishing those they studied as:

* Western group: M. flava including feldegg, beema, thunbergi, lutea, leucocephala
* Southeastern group: M. taivana including macronyx
* Northeastern group: M. tschutschuensis including plexa

This study repudiates the multiple species division proposed by Alstrom et al.:

* Yellow Wagtail: M. flava including beema
* Ashy-headed Wagtail: M. cinereocapilla including pygmaea
* Spanish Wagtail: M. iberiae
* White-headed Wagtail:M. leucocephala
* Yellow-headed Wagtail: M. lutea
* Black-headed Wagtail: M. feldegg including melanogrisea
* Grey-headed Wagtail: M. thunbergi including plexa, angarensis, macronyx
* Green-headed Wagtail: M. taivana
* Kamchatka Wagtail: M. simillima including zaissanensis
* Yellowish-crowned Wagtail: M. flavissima

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