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Motacilla flava  Linnaeus, 1758
Taxonomic Serial No.: 178483

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 Taxonomy and Nomenclature
  Kingdom: Animalia  
  Taxonomic Rank: Species  
  Common Name(s): Yellow Wagtail [English]
    Western Yellow Wagtail [English]
  Taxonomic Status:    
  Current Standing: valid  
  Data Quality Indicators:    
  Record Credibility Rating: verified - standards met  

 Taxonomic Hierarchy
 KingdomAnimalia  – Animal, animaux, animals  
    SubkingdomBilateria  – triploblasts  
          PhylumChordata  – cordés, cordado, chordates  
             SubphylumVertebrata  – vertebrado, vertébrés, vertebrates  
                      ClassAves  – Birds, oiseaux  
                         OrderPasseriformes  – Perching Birds, passereaux  
                            FamilyMotacillidae Horsfield, 1821 – Pipits, Wagtails  
                               GenusMotacilla Linnaeus, 1758 – Wagtails  
                                  SpeciesMotacilla flava Linnaeus, 1758 – Yellow Wagtail, Western Yellow Wagtail  
    Direct Children:  
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava beema (Sykes, 1832) – Sykes's Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava cinereocapilla Savi, 1831 – Ashy-headed Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava feldegg Michahelles, 1830 – Black-headed Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava flava Linnaeus, 1758 – Blue-headed Wagtail, Blue-headed Yellow Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava flavissima (Blyth, 1834) – Yellow-crowned Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava iberiae Hartert, 1921 – Iberian Wagtail, Spanish Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava leucocephala (Prjevalsky, 1887) – White-headed Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava lutea (S. G. Gmelin, 1774) – Yellow-headed Wagtail, Eastern Yellow-headed Wagtail, Yellow-browed Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava pygmaea (A. E. Brehm, 1854) – Egyptian Yellow Wagtail 
                                     Subspecies Motacilla flava thunbergi Billberg, 1828 – Grey-headed Wagtail, Dark-headed Wagtail 

  Expert: Alan P. Peterson, M.D.  
  Notes: PO Box 1999 Walla Walla, Washington 99362-0999   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava    
  Expert: Richard C. Banks  
  Notes: Chief, Bird Section, U.S.G.S. - B.R.D. - P.W.R.C.   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava    
  Other Source(s):    
  Source: NODC Taxonomic Code, database (version 8.0)  
  Acquired: 1996   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava   
  Source: Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource, 2011.12.31, website (version 31-Dec-11)  
  Acquired: 2012   
  Notes: "Zoonomen - Zoological Nomenclature Resource" maintained by Alan P. Peterson at   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Banks, R. C., R. W. McDiarmid, and A. L. Gardner  
  Publication Date: 1987   
  Article/Chapter Title: Checklist of Vertebrates of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and Canada   
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Resource Publication, no. 166   
  Page(s): 79   
  Publisher: United States Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service   
  Publication Place: Washington, D.C., USA   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava   
  Author(s)/Editor(s): Gill, Frank, and Minturn Wright  
  Publication Date: 2006   
  Article/Chapter Title:    
  Journal/Book Name, Vol. No.: Birds of the World: Recommended English Names   
  Page(s): ix + 259   
  Publisher: Princeton University Press   
  Publication Place: Princeton, New Jersey, USA   
  ISBN/ISSN: 0-691-12827-8   
  Notes: Includes a CD-ROM with the full dataset   
  Reference for: Motacilla flava, Western Yellow Wagtail [English]   

 Geographic Information
  Geographic Division: North America  
  Jurisdiction/Origin: Alaska, Native  
    Canada, Native  
    Central Pacific Territories, Incidental  






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