If any of you think you have Yellow Wagtail on your
OZ list, you should be interested to learn that you don't. It doesn't
Pavlova et al.(2003),"Phylogeographic Patterns in
Motacilla flava and Motacilla citreola:Species Limits and Population
Auk 120,no.3,pp.744-758 show that both M. flava
Yellow Wagtail and M. citerola Citrine Wagtail are paraphyletic.
M.flava is split into 3 species: M flava,
M.tschutschenis Eastern Yellow Wagtail and M.taivana Green-headed
This split has been accepted by the American
In Australia, we get mainly taivana, with smaller
number of tschutschensis (into which simillima has been lumped).
M.citreola needs to be split into at least 2
species: M.citreola and M.werae Steppe Citrine Wagtail.
I'll have the detailed distribution of all of these
taxa on my web site the next time I do an upload.
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